Notorious Dating Advice from 200 Years Ago – No. 4 Is Unbelievably True, Even Today!

Giacomo Casanova may have been doing his womanizing back in the 18th Century but a lot of his musings are still relevant in the days of swiping left or right.

1. Be daring and courageous, take a chance

“It is only necessary to have courage, for strength without self-confidence is useless.”

2. Always keep them wanting more

“The woman who showing little succeeds in making a man want to see more, has accomplished three-fourths of the task of making him fall in love with her; for is love anything else than a kind of curiosity?”

3. It’s not all about outer beauty

“Beauty without wit offers nothing but the enjoyment of its material charms, whilst witty ugliness captivates by the charms of the mind, and at last fulfills all the desires of the man it has captivated.”

4. You probably can’t control your physical urges

“The man who has sufficient power over himself to wait until his nature has recovered its even balance is the truly wise man, but such beings are seldom met with.”

5. Be true to yourself

“I will begin with this confession: whatever I have done in the course of my life, whether it be good or evil, has been done freely; I am a free agent.”

6. You may not be tied down but you’re not truly free

“Man is free; yet we must not suppose that he is at liberty to do everything he pleases, for he becomes a slave the moment he allows his actions to be ruled by passion.”

7. It’s easy to deceive yourself when it comes to love

“As to the deceit perpetrated upon women, let it pass, for, when love is in the way, men and women as a general rule dupe each other.”

8. Don’t give in too easily

“The sweetest pleasures are those which are hardest to be won.”

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9. Remember past loves fondly or with humor

“By recollecting the pleasures I have had formerly, I renew them, I enjoy them a second time, while I laugh at the remembrance of troubles now past, and which I no longer feel.”

10. A little deception is surely okay

“Cheating is a sin, but honest cunning is simply prudence. It is a virtue. To be sure, it has a likeness to roguery, but that cannot be helped. He who has not learned to practice it is a fool.”

11. Freedom always wins over commitment

“I have loved women even to madness, but I have always loved liberty better.”

12. Enjoy the present, don’t focus on the future

“The reader of these Memoirs will discover that I never had any fixed aim before my eyes, and that my system, if it can be called a system, has been to glide away unconcernedly on the stream of life, trusting to the wind wherever it led. How many changes arise from such an independent mode of life!”

13. Love can end at marriage

“[Marriage] is the grave of love.”


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