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By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

I looked back at the summit of the mountain, which seemed but a cubit high in comparison with the height of human contemplation, were in not too often merged in the corruptions of the earth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

Hope is incredible to the slave of grief.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Petrarch

Mere elegance of language can produce at best but an empty renown.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Petrarch

I feed my heart with sighs, that's all it asks, I live on tears, I think I'm born to weep; I don't complain of that, since in my state weeping is sweeter than you might believe.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Petrarch

The end of doubt is the beginning of repose.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

Alack our life, so beautiful to see, With how much ease life losest, in a day, What many years with pain and toil amassed!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Petrarch

While life is in your body, you have the rein of all thoughts in your hands.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

Death is a sleep that ends our dreaming. Oh, that we may be allowed to wake before death wakes us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

For death betimes is comfort, not dismay, and who can rightly die needs no delay.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

In my younger days I struggled constantly with an overwhelming but pure love affair - my only one, and I would have struggled with it longer had not premature death, bitter but salutary for me, extinguished the cooling flames. I certainly wish I could say that I have always been entirely free from desires of the flesh, but I would be lying if I did.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Petrarch

Often on earth the gentlest heart is fain To feed and banquet on another's woe.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

Gold, silver, jewels, purple garments, houses built of marble, groomed estates, pious paintings, caparisoned steeds, and other things of this kind offer a mutable and superficial pleasure; books give delight to the very marrow of one's bones. They speak to us, consult with us, and join with us in a living and intense intimacy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

I desire that death find me ready and writing, or if it please Christ, praying and intears.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Petrarch

Nothing mortal is enduring, and there is nothing sweet which does not presently end in bitterness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

For virtue only finds eternal Fame.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

He loves but lightly who his love can tell.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Petrarch

Ruthless striving, overcomes everything.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Petrarch

There is no lighter burden, nor more agreeable, than a pen. Other pleasures fail us or wound us while they charm, but the pen we take up rejoicing and lay down with satisfaction, for it has the power to advantage not only its lord and master, but many others as well, even though they be far away - sometimes, indeed, though they be not born for thousands of years to come.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Petrarch

Perhaps out there, somewhere, someone is sighing for your absence; and with this thought, my soul begins to breathe.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

I freeze and burn, love is bitter and sweet, my sighs are tempests and my tears are floods, I am in ecstasy and agony, I am possessed by memories of her and I am in exile from myself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

How fortune brings to earth the over-sure!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

Great errors seldom originate but with men of great minds.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Petrarch

Those spacious regions where our fancies roam, Pain'd by the past, expecting ills to come, In some dread moment, by the fates assign'd, Shall pass away, nor leave a rack behind; And Time's revolving wheels shall lose at last The speed that spins the future and the past: And, sovereign of an undisputed throne, Awful eternity shall reign alone.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Petrarch

Where are the numerous constructions erected by Agrippa, of which only the Pantheon remains? Where are the splendorous palaces of the emperors?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Petrarch

To begin with myself, then, the utterances of men concerning me will differ widely, since in passing judgment almost every one is influenced not so much by truth as by preference, and good and evil report alike know no bounds.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

I have friends whose society is delightful to me; they are persons of all countries and of all ages; distinguished in war, in council, and in letters; easy to live with, always at my command.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Petrarch

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Petrarch

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

I saw the tracks of angels in the earth: the beauty of heaven walking by itself on the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

And I live on, but in grief and self-contempt, Left here without the light I loved so much, In a great tempest and with shrouds unkempt.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Petrarch

When the poet died his cat was put to death and mummified.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Petrarch

Often have I wondered with much curiosity as to our coming into this world and what will follow our departure.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

An equal doom clipp'd Time's blest wings of peace.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

Go, grieving rimes of mine, to that hard stone Whereunder lies my darling, lies my dear, And cry to her to speak from heaven's sphere.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

I rejoiced in my progress, mourned my weaknesses, and commiserated the universal instability of human conduct.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Petrarch

Where you are is of no moment, but only what you are doing there. It is not the place that ennobles you, but you the place, and this only by doing that which is great and noble.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Petrarch

Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Petrarch

[He who can describe how his heart is ablaze is burning on a small pyre] ~ Petrarch, Sonnet 137 (from Montaigne, On sadness)

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

I had got this far, and was thinking of what to say next, and as my habit is, I was pricking the paper idly with my pen. And I thought how, between one dip of the pen and the next, time goes on, and I hurry, drive myself, and speed toward death. We are always dying. I while I write, you while you read, and others while they listen or stop their ears, they are all dying.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

Continued work and application form my soul's nourishment. So soon as I commenced to rest and relax I should cease to live.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Petrarch

The time will come when every change shall cease, This quick revolving wheel shall rest in peace: No summer then shall glow, not winter freeze; Nothing shall be to come, and nothing past, But an eternal now shall ever last.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Petrarch

...never would I trade for some new shape that laurel I was first, in whose sweet shade all other pleasures vanish in my heart.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Petrarch

Love is the crowning grace of humanity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Petrarch

Hitherto your eyes have been darkened and you have looked too much, yes, far too much, upon the things of earth. If these so much delight you what shall be your rapture when you lift your gaze to things eternal!