Quotes by Giovanni Boccaccio

"You must read, you must persevere, you must sit up nights, you must inquire, and exert the utmost power of your mind. If one way does not lead to the desired meaning, take another; if obstacles arise, then still another; until, if your strength holds out, you will find that clear which at first looked dark."
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"To have compassion for those who suffer is a human quality which everyone should possess, especially those who have required comfort themselves in the past and have managed to find it in others."
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"While farmers generally allow one rooster for ten hens, ten men are scarcely sufficient to service one woman."
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"Nothing is so indecent that it cannot be said to another person if the proper words are used to convey it."
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"Kissed mouth don’t lose its fortune, on the contrary it renews itself just as the moon does."
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Books by Giovanni Boccaccio

  • The Decameron
  • 34,497 ratings
  • March 27th 2003 by Penguin Books

    (first published 1351)

  • Life of Dante
  • 236 ratings
  • July 1st 2002 by Hesperus Press

    (first published 1360)

Giovanni Boccaccio
  • Giovanni Boccaccio

  • Died: October 18, 1375
  • Born: Certaldo, Italy.

  • Description: Giovanni Boccaccio (1313 – 21 December 1375) was an Italian author and poet, a friend and correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist in his own right and author of a number of notable works including the Decameron, On Famous Women, and his poetry in the Italian vernacular. Boccaccio is particularly notable for his dialogue, of which it has been said that it surpasses in verisimilitude that of just about all of his contemporaries, since they were medieval writers and often followed formulaic models for character and plot.

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