Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Meander with me . . .

Today is the birthday of Francesco Petrarca (July 20, 1304 – July 19, 1374), scholar, poet and one of the earliest Renaissance humanists. In 1341, he was crowned as a poet laureate in Rome. Francesco Petrarch is oft referred to as the Father of Humanism.

"Books have led some to learning and others to madness, when they swallow more than they can digest." - Petrarch

"Man has no greater enemy than himself. I have acted contrary to my sentiments and inclination; throughout our whole lives we do what we never intended, and what we proposed to do, we leave undone." - 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." - 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." - Petrarch

"It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other." - Petrarch

"All pleasure in the world is a passing dream." - Petrarch

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