Quotes – Antonio Gramsci

“The point of modernity is to live a life without illusions while not becoming disillusioned”

— Antonio Gramsci

“The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.”

— Antonio Gramsci

“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born”

— Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks

“Pessimism of the spirit; optimism of the will.”

— Antonio Gramsci

“Man is above all else mind, consciousness – that is, he is a product of history, not of nature.”

— Antonio Gramsci

“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum, a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.”

— Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks

“All men are intellectuals, but not all men have in society the function of intellectuals”

— Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks

“The whole of language is a continuous process of metaphor, and the history of semantics is an aspect of the history of culture; language is at the same time a living thing and a museum of fossils of life and civilisations.”

— Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks

“Common sense is a chaotic aggregate of disparate conceptions, and one can find there anything that one like.”

— Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks

“The popular element “feels” but does not always know or understand; the intellectual element “knows” but does not always understand and in particular does not always feel.”

— Antonio Gramsci