Petrarca Petrarch

1304 - 1374

A Quote by Francesco Petrarca Petrarch on stupidity, laziness, ignorance, and opinions

Believe me, many things are attributed to gravity and wisdom which are really due to incapacity and sloth. Men often despise what they despair of obtaining. It is in the very nature of ignorance to scorn what it cannot understand, and to desire to keep others from attaining what it cannot reach. Hence the false judgments upon matters of which we know nothing, by which we evince our envy quite as clearly as our stupidity.

-Francesco di Petracco

Petrarca Petrarch (1304 - 1374)

Source: From a letter to Boccaccio

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A Quote by Francesco Petrarca Petrarch

True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness.

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A Quote by Francesco Petrarca Petrarch on love

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To be able to say how much you love is to love but little.

Petrarca Petrarch (1304 - 1374)

Source: To Laura in Death, 137

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A Quote by Francesco Petrarca Petrarch on deception

Who naught suspects is easily deceived.

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A Quote by Francesco Petrarca Petrarch on motherhood and variety

Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure.

Petrarca Petrarch (1304 - 1374)

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A Quote by Francesco Petrarca Petrarch on ambition, anger, enemies, envy, peace, and pride

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us - avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.

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A Quote by Francesco Petrarca Petrarch on ambition, anger, enemies, envy, peace, and pride

Five great enemies to peace inhabit with us: viz., avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.

Petrarca Petrarch (1304 - 1374)

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A Quote by Francesco Petrarca Petrarch on earth and fortune

How fortune brings to earth the oversure!

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A Quote by Francesco Petrarca Petrarch on argument and grief

Who overrefines his argument brings himself to grief.

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A Quote by Francesco Petrarca Petrarch

You keep to your own ways and leave mine to me. -Vos vestros servate, meos mihi linquite mores

Petrarca Petrarch (1304 - 1374)

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