Marsilio Ficino

1433 - 1499

A Quote by Marsilio Ficino on beauty, common sense, facts, heroism, poetry, and soul

Poetry being an attempt to express, not the common sense, - as the avoirdupois of the hero, or his structure in feet and inches, - but the beauty and soul in his aspect . . . runs into fable, personifies every fact. . . .

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499)

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A Quote by Marsilio Ficino on power and sharing

Laurel crowns cleave to deserts And power to him who power exerts; Hast not thy share? On winged feet, Lo! it rushes thee to meet; . . .

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499)

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A Quote by Marsilio Ficino on cats, cities, and worth

A sturdy lad . . . who teams it, farms it . . . and always like a cat falls on his feet, is worth a hundred of these city dolls.

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499)

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A Quote by Marsilio Ficino on balance, extremism, labor, plants, and skepticism

The abstractionist and the materialist thus mutually exasperating each other, and the scoffer expressing the worst of materialism, there arises a third party to occupy the middle ground between these two, the skeptic, namely. He finds both wrong by being in extremes. He labors to plant his feet, to be the beam of the balance.

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499)

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A Quote by Marsilio Ficino on dance, deed, poetry, and thought

A lady with whom I was riding in the forest said to me that the woods always seemed to her to wait, as if the genii who inhabit them suspended their deeds until the wayfarer had passed onward; a thought which poetry has celebrated in the dance of the fairies, which breaks off on the approach of human feet.

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499)

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A Quote by Marsilio Ficino on people

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What is odious but . . . people . . . who toast their feet on the register. . . .

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499)

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A Quote by Marsilio Ficino on beginning, giving, and wealth

Wealth begins . . . in giving on all sides by tools and auxiliaries the greatest possible extension to our powers; as if it added feet and hands and eyes and blood. . . .

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499)

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A Quote by Marsilio Ficino on laws

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Law it is . . . which hears without ears, sees without eyes, moves without feet and seizes without hands.

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499)

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A Quote by Marsilio Ficino on body, emotion, meaning, mind, music, nature, perception, pleasure, purity, quality, reality, senses, singers, soul, spirit, spirituality, and time

Musical consonance occurs in the element which is the mean of all (i.e. air), and reaches the ears through motion, spherical motion: so that it is not surprising that it should be fitting to the soul, which is both the mean of things, and the origin of circular motion. In addition, musical sound, more than anything else perceived by the senses, conveys, as if animated, the emotions and thoughts of the singer's or player's soul to the listeners' souls; thus it preeminently corresponds with the soul. Moreover, as regards sight, although visual impressions are in a way pure, yet they lack the effectiveness of motion, and are usually perceived only as an image, without reality; normally therefore, they move the soul only slightly. Smell, taste, and touch are entirely material, and rather titillate the sense-organs than penetrate the depths of the soul. But musical sound by the movement of the air moves the body: by purified air it excites the aerial spirit which is the bond of body and soul: by emotion it affects the senses, and at the same time the soul: by meaning it works on the mind: finally, by the very movement of the subtle air it penetrates strongly: by its contemperation it flows smoothly: by the convormity of its quality it floods us with a wonderful pleasure: by its nature, both spiritual and material, it at once seizes, and claims as its own, man in his entirety.

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499)

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A Quote by Marsilio Ficino

These old shoes are easy to the feet.

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499)

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