Petrarch Quotes

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Petrarch Quotes

A good death does honour to a whole life.
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Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good.

— Petrarch

The aged love what is practical while impetuous youth longs only for what is dazzling.

— Petrarch

It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.

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Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure.

— Petrarch

How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.

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What name to call thee by, O virgin fair, I know not, for thy looks are not of earth And more than mortal seems thy countenances.

— Petrarch

How fortune brings to earth the over-sure!

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Virtue is health, vice is sickness.

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For virtue only finds eternal Fame.

— Petrarch

Books come at my call and return when I desire them; they are never out of humor and they answer all my questions with readiness. Some present in review before me the events of past ages; others reveal to me the secrets of Nature. These teach me how to live, and those how to die; these dispel my melancholy by their mirth, and amuse me by their sallies of wit. Some there are who prepare my soul to suffer everything, to desire nothing, and to become thoroughly acquainted with itself. In a word, they open the door to all the arts and sciences.

— Petrarch

I have taken pride in others, never in myself.

— Petrarch

Books can warm the heart with friendly words and counsel, entering into a close relationship with us which is articulate and alive

— Petrarch

Each famous author of antiquity whom I recover places a new offence and another cause of dishonor to the charge of earlier generations, who, not satisfied with their own disgraceful barrenness, permitted the fruit of other minds, and the writings that their ancestors had produced by toil and application, to perish through insufferable neglect. Although they had nothing of their own to hand down to those who were to come after, they robbed posterity of its ancestral heritage.

— Petrarch

He loves but lightly who his love can tell.

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Events appear sad, pleasant, or painful, not because they are so in reality, but because we believe them to be so and the light in which we look at them depends upon our own judgment.

— Petrarch

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