Petrarca Petrarch

1304 - 1374

A Quote by Francesco Petrarca Petrarch on love, practicality, and youth

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

Petrarca Petrarch (1304 - 1374)

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A Quote by Francesco Petrarca Petrarch on desires

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A short cut to riches is to subtract from our desires.

Petrarca Petrarch (1304 - 1374)

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A Quote by Francesco Petrarca Petrarch on books, death, desires, humor, melancholy, nature, past, preparation, questions, readiness, secrets, soul, suffering, present, and wit

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.

Petrarca Petrarch (1304 - 1374)

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A Quote by Francesco Petrarca Petrarch on books, certainty, desires, familiarity, inspiration, and life

Books never pall on me. They discourse with us, they take counsel with us, and are united to us by a certain living chatty familiarity. And not only does each book inspire the sense that it belongs to its readers, but it also suggests the name of others, and one begets the desire of the other.

Petrarca Petrarch (1304 - 1374)

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