Quotes by Francesco Petrarca

"Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together."

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

"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."

"I wish to go beyond the fire that burns me."

"Books have led some to learning and others to madness."

Books by Francesco Petrarca

  • Trionfi
  • 63 ratings
  • 2006 by BUR Rizzoli

    (first published 1372)

  • Sonety Pre Lauru
  • 39 ratings
  • 2002 by Slovenský Spisovateľ, Bratislava

    (first published January 1st 1955)

Francesco Petrarca
  • Francesco Petrarca

  • Date of birth: July 12, 1304
  • Died: July 10, 1374
  • Born: in Arezzo, Italy.

  • Description: Francesco Petrarca, known in English as Petrarch, was an Italian scholar, poet, and one of the earliest Renaissance humanists. Petrarch is often popularly called the "father of humanism". Based on Petrarch's works, and to a lesser extent those of Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio, Pietro Bembo in the 16th century created the model for the modern Italian language, later endorsed by the Accademia della Crusca. Petrarch is credited with developing the sonnet. His sonnets were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance and became a model for lyrical poems. Petrarch was also known for being one of the first people to call the Middle Ages the Dark Ages.