I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.

-Pietro Aretino
Pietro Aretino

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.

Pietro Aretino
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.
Pietro Aretino

I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.

Pietro Aretino
They merit more praise who know how to suffer misery than those who temper themselves in contentment.
Pietro Aretino

Telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.

Pietro Aretino
Anger represents a certain power, when a great mind, prevented from executing its own generous desires, is moved by it.
Pietro Aretino

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.

Pietro Aretino
Nature without exercise is a seed shut up in a pod, and art without practice is nothing.
Pietro Aretino

If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them. Pietro Aretin

Pietro Aretino
Perugia is my true fatherland because there I grew to manhood.