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Giovanni Boccaccio

Birthdate: 16. July 1313
Date of death: 21. December 1375
Other names: Giovanni Battista Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian writer, poet, correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance humanist. Boccaccio wrote a number of notable works, including The Decameron and On Famous Women. He wrote his imaginative literature mostly in Tuscan vernacular, as well as other works in Latin, and is particularly noted for his realistic dialogue which differed from that of his contemporaries, medieval writers who usually followed formulaic models for character and plot.

Works

The Decameron
Giovanni Boccaccio
Corbaccio
Giovanni Boccaccio

Quotes Giovanni Boccaccio

„Dying more like animals than human beings.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

Non come uomini, ma quasi come bestie, morieno.
First Day, Introduction
The Decameron (c. 1350)

„The power of the pen is far greater than those people suppose who have not proved it by experience.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

Le forze della penna sono troppo maggiori che coloro non estimano che quelle con conoscimento provato non hanno.
Eighth Day, Seventh Story
The Decameron (c. 1350)

„The nature of wit is such that its bite must be like that of a sheep rather than a dog, for if it were to bite the listener like a dog, it would no longer be wit but abuse.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

Essere la natura de' motti cotale, che essi come la pecora morde deono cosi mordere l'uditore, e non come 'l cane: percio che, se come cane mordesse il motto, non sarebbe motto, ma villania.
Sixth Day, Third Story
The Decameron (c. 1350)

„I propose to tell you a very brief tale about a love which…ran a smooth course to its happy conclusion.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

Uno amore...a lieto fin pervenuto, in una novelletta assai piccola intendo di raccontarvi.
Fifth Day, Fourth Story
The Decameron (c. 1350)

„An oak is not felled by a single blow of the axe.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

Per lo primo colpo non cade la quercia.
Seventh Day, Ninth Story (tr. J. M. Rigg)
The Decameron (c. 1350)

„Every person born into this world has a natural right to sustain, preserve, and defend his own life to the best of his ability.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

Natural ragione è di ciascuno che ci nasce, la sua vita, quanto può, aiutare e conservare e difendere.
First Day, Introduction
The Decameron (c. 1350)

„And if his own joy knew no bounds, the girl was no less delighted on seeing him.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

Se egli fu lieto assai, la letizia della giovane non fu minore.
Fifth Day, Third Story
The Decameron (c. 1350)

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„He who is wicked and held to be good, can cheat because no one imagines he would.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

Chi è reo e buono è tenuto
Può fare il male e non è creduto.
Fourth Day, Second Story
The Decameron (c. 1350)

„They banish us to the kitchen, there to tell stories to the cat.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

Ci cacciano in cucina a dir delle favole colla gatta.
Fifth Day, Tenth Story (tr. J. M. Rigg)
The Decameron (c. 1350)

„In the affairs of this world, poverty alone is without envy.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

Sola la miseria è senza invidia nelle cose presenti.
Fourth Day, Introduction
The Decameron (c. 1350)

„A kissed mouth doesn't lose its freshness, for like the moon it always renews itself.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

Bocca baciata non perde ventura, anzi rinnuova come fa la luna.
Second Day, Seventh Story
The Decameron (c. 1350)

„Shortly afterwards the moon rose with a very clear sky, and [he] kept watch.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

E poco appresso levatasi la luna, e 'l tempo essendo chiarissimo, [egli] vegghiava.
Fifth Day, Third Story (tr. J. M. Rigg)
The Decameron (c. 1350)

„A sweet little mouth with lips like rubies.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

Una boccuccia piccolina, le cui labbra parevan due rubinetti.
Fourth Day, Conclusion
The Decameron (c. 1350)

„Do as we say, not as we do.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

Fate quello che noi diciamo e non quello che noi facciamo.
Third Day, Seventh Story
The Decameron (c. 1350)

„A just king must be the first to observe those laws that he has himself prescribed.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

Ogni giusto re primo servatore dee essere delle leggi fatte da lui.
Seventh Day, Tenth Story
The Decameron (c. 1350)

„Wrongs committed in the distant past are far easier to condemn than to rectify.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

Le cose mal fatte e di gran tempo passate son più agevoli a riprendere che ad emendare.
Second Day, Fifth Story
The Decameron (c. 1350)

„The deceived has the better of the deceiver.“

—  Giovanni Boccaccio, book The Decameron

Lo ingannatore rimane a pié dello ingannato.
Second Day, Ninth Story (tr. J. M. Rigg)
The Decameron (c. 1350)

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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