To introduce the meetings occurred during this year, the fortieth of life and activities of the Centro di Studi Sorani "Vincenzo Patriarca" we propose a reflection based on the speech delivered by Benedict Cross (Benedetto Croce) June 10, 1923 in Muro Lucano for the inauguration of the People's Library " Enzo Petraccone” ... I say that the essential point in the life of an individual as well as in a community one, the point that decides the effectiveness of any reform, and each program and each method, the point at which, in ultimately, it is brought back, so, is always this: if there is or there is the universal longing, the disposition to regard and treat ourselves as instruments of a work that goes beyond us, the inner prod duty, the conscientious scruples that asks us we to be able to use our time and makes us blush when we spend it in vile thoughts and vile actions, or when we watch it scroll in front of us as if it was not ours. " With this quote we pay tribute to our illustrious fellow countryman in the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of his birth in Pescasseroli February 25, 1866.

Prof. Luigi Gulia