Giovanni Giocondo

1433 - 1515

A Quote by Giovanni Giocondo on life, meaning, purpose, beauty, earth, heaven, and courage

Life is so full of meaning and of purpose, so full of beauty - beneath its covering - that you will find that earth but cloaks your heaven. Courage, then to claim it: that is all!

Giovanni Giocondo (1433 - 1515)

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A Quote by Fra Giovanni Giocondo on friendship, future, gloom, heaven, joy, lies, love, peace, rest, present, and world

I am your friend and my love for you goes deep. There is nothing I can give you which you have not got, But there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today. Take heaven! No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant. Take peace! The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.

Giovanni Giocondo (1433 - 1515)

Source: Letter 1513 A.D.

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A Quote by Fra Giovanni Giocondo on courage, country, home, and knowledge

Courage you have, and the knowledge that we are all pilgrims together, wending through unknown country, home.

Giovanni Giocondo (1433 - 1515)

Source: Letter to Countess Aldobrandeschi (Christmas Eve, 1513)

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A Quote by Fra Giovanni Giocondo on darkness, gloom, glory, joy, and world

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach is joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness could we but see - and to see we have only to look.

Giovanni Giocondo (1433 - 1515)

Source: Letter to Countess Aldobrandeschi (Christmas Eve, 1513)

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A Quote by Fra Giovanni Giocondo on day, prayer, and world

I greet you. Not quite as the world sends greetings, but with profound esteem and with the prayer that for you now and forever, the day breaks, and the shadows flee away.

Giovanni Giocondo (1433 - 1515)

Source: Letter to Countess Aldobrandeschi (Christmas Eve, 1513)

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A Quote by Fra Giovanni Giocondo on generosity, gifts, judgment, life, love, power, ugliness, and wisdom

Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by the covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love, by wisdom, with power.

Giovanni Giocondo (1433 - 1515)

Source: Letter to Countess Aldobrandeschi (Christmas Eve, 1513)

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A Quote by Fra Giovanni Giocondo on angels, belief, contentment, duty, gifts, sorrow, and wonder

Everything we call a trial, a sorrow or a duty, believe me, that angel's hand is there, the gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Our joys, too, be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts.

Giovanni Giocondo (1433 - 1515)

Source: Letter to Countess Aldobrandeschi (Christmas Eve, 1513)

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A Quote by Fra Giovanni Giocondo on future, heaven, lies, peace, rest, and present

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today. No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant.

Giovanni Giocondo (1433 - 1515)

Source: Letter to Countess Aldobrandeschi (Christmas Eve, 1513)

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A Quote by Fra Giovanni Giocondo on beauty, earth, heaven, life, meaning, and purpose

Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty - beneath its covering - that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven.

Giovanni Giocondo (1433 - 1515)

Source: Letter to Countess Aldobrandeschi (Christmas Eve, 1513)

Contributed by: Zaady

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