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

-Pietro Aretino
Pietro Aretino

Why should the eyes be denied what delights them most?

Pietro Aretino
The art of war is like the art of the courtesan; indeed they might be called sisters, since both are slaves of desperation.
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
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.
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.

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Nature without exercise is a seed shut up in a pod, and art without practice is nothing.
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I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself. Pietro Are

Pietro Aretino
Flee laziness which while it produces an immediate delight, ends in the sorrow of repentance. And know that nature without exercise is a seed shut up in the pod, and art without practice is nothing.
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Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.

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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, for it is the spring of genius.