Why should the eyes be denied what delights them most? Pietro Aretin
Angry men are blind and foolish, for reason at such time takes flight and, in her absence; wrath plunders all the riches of the intellect, while the judgment remains the prisoner of its own pride.
I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself. Pietro Aretin
I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.
And there is quite a different sort of conversation around a fire than there is in the shadow of a beech tree.... Four dry logs have in them all the circumstance necessary to a conversation of four or five hours, with chestnuts on the plate and a jug of wine between the legs. Yes, let us love winter
He who has not been at a tavern knows not what a paradise it is. O holy tavern! O miraculous tavern!--holy, because no carking cares are there, nor weariness, nor pain; and miraculous, because of the spits, which themselves turn round and round!
If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them.
Life is a toy made of glass; it appears to be of inestimable price, but in reality it is very cheap.
If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them. Pietro Are
Perugia is my true fatherland because there I grew to manhood.
If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them. Pietro Aretin
Telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.
What evil is there in seeing a man possess a woman? Why, the beasts would be more free than we! Pietro Aretin
Nothing, it appears to me, is of greater value in a man than the power of judgment; and the man who has it may be compared to a chest filled with books, for he is the son of nature and the father of art.
Why should I be ashamed to describe what nature was not ashamed to create?
The art of war is like the art of the courtesan; indeed they might be called sisters, since both are slaves of desperation.
I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself. Pietro Are
Why should the eyes be denied what delights them most?
They merit more praise who know how to suffer misery than those who temper themselves in contentment.
What evil is there in seeing a man possess a woman? Why, the beasts would be more free than we! It seems to me that that which is given us by nature for our own preservation ought to be worn round the neck as a pendant and in the hat for a medal.
Anger represents a certain power, when a great mind, prevented from executing its own generous desires, is moved by it.
Flattery and deceit are the darlings of great men, and so with these men spread the butter on thick, if you want to get something out of them, otherwise you'll come home to me with a full belly and an empty purse.
Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.
Nature without exercise is a seed shut up in a pod, and art without practice is nothing.
With a goose-quill and a few sheets of paper, I mock myself of the universe. They say I am the son of a courtesan; it may be so, but I have the heart of a King. I live free, I enjoy myself, I can call myself happy.
Even when I'm railed at, I get my quota of renown.
A high heart ought to bear calamities and not flee them, since in bearing them appears the grandeur of the mind and in fleeing them the cowardice of the heart.
I am a free man. I do not need to copy Petrarca or Boccaccio. My own genius is enough. Let others worry themselves about style, and so cease to be themselves. Without a master, without a model, without a guide, I go to work and earn my living, my well-being and my fame.
Love doesn't hide. It stays and fights. It goes the distance, that's why love is so strong. So it can carry you all the way home.
What evil is there in seeing a man possess a woman? Why, the beasts would be more free than we!