Frases Francesco Petrarca

„Man has no greater enemy than himself.“

—  Francesco Petrarca

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.
As quoted in An Examination of the Advantages of Solitude and of Its Operations (1808) by Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann

„One goes many miles to be at ease.“

—  Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere

Per bene star si scende molte miglia.
Canzone 105, st. 4
Il Canzoniere (c. 1351–1353), To Laura in Life

„You, therefore, if you seek ever to have quiet minds before the last day, follow the few and not the crowd.“

—  Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere

Voi dunque, se cercate aver la mente
anzi l'extremo dí queta già mai,
seguite i pochi, et non la volgar gente.
Canzone 99, st. 3
Il Canzoniere (c. 1351–1353), To Laura in Life

„I am she who gave you so much war and completed my day before evening.“

—  Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere

I' so' colei che ti die' tanta guerra,
et compie' mia giornata inanzi sera.
Canzone 302, st. 2
Il Canzoniere (c. 1351–1353), To Laura in Death

„Song, if you find a man at peace with love,
say: 'Die while you're happy,
since early death is no grief, but a refuge:
and he who can die well, should not delay.“

—  Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere

Canzon, s'uom trovi in suo amor viver queto,
di': Muor' mentre se' lieto,
ché morte al tempo è non duol, ma refugio;
et chi ben pò morir, non cerchi indugio.
Canzone 331, st. 6 ( tr. A. S. Kline http://petrarch.petersadlon.com/canzoniere.html?poem=331)
Il Canzoniere (c. 1351–1353), To Laura in Death

„Sleep is truly, as they say, akin to death, and relieves the heart of the sweet care that keeps it in life.“

—  Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere

Il sonno è veramente, qual uom dice,
parente de la morte, e 'l cor sottragge
a quel dolce penser che 'n vita il tene.
Canzone 226, st. 3
Il Canzoniere (c. 1351–1353), To Laura in Life

„Who overrefines his argument brings himself to grief.“

—  Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere

"Canzone 11 [c. 1327]", as reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (1968), p. 163
Il Canzoniere (c. 1351–1353), To Laura in Life

„Peace I do not find, and I have no wish to make war; and I fear and hope, and burn and am of ice.“

—  Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere

Pace non trovo, et non ò da far guerra;
e temo, et spero; et ardo, et son un ghiaccio.
Canzone 134, lines 1–2
Il Canzoniere (c. 1351–1353), To Laura in Life

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

—  Francesco Petrarca, libro De vita solitaria

De vita solitaria (1346) as quoted in Madalyn Aslan's Jupiter Signs: How to Improve Your Luck, Career, Health, Finances, Appearance, and Relationships Through the New Astrology (2003) by Madalyn Aslan

„Hannibal was victorious, but he did not know later how to make good use of his victorious fortune.“

—  Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere

Vinse Hanibàl, et non seppe usar poi
ben la vittoriosa sua ventura.
Canzone 103, lines 1–2
Il Canzoniere (c. 1351–1353), To Laura in Life

„A good death does honor to a whole life.“

—  Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere

Un bel morir tutta la vita honora.
Canzone 207 (c. 1348), st. 5
Il Canzoniere (c. 1351–1353), To Laura in Life

„Before the day of his last departure no man is to be called happy.“

—  Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere

Canzone 56, st. 4
Il Canzoniere (c. 1351–1353), To Laura in Life

„Your high beauty, which has no equal in the world, is painful to you except insofar as it seems to adorn and set off your lovely treasure of chastity.“

—  Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere

L'alta beltà ch'al mondo non à pare
noia t'è, se non quanto il bel thesoro
di castità par ch'ella adorni et fregi.
Canzone 263, st. 4
Il Canzoniere (c. 1351–1353), To Laura in Life

„Understand me who can, for I understand myself.“

—  Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere

Canzone 105, st. 2
Il Canzoniere (c. 1351–1353), To Laura in Life

„And of my raving, shame is the fruit, and repentance, and the clear knowledge that whatever pleases in the world is a brief dream.“

—  Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere

Et del mio vaneggiar vergogna è 'l frutto,
e 'l pentersi, e 'l conoscer chiaramente
che quanto piace al mondo è breve sogno.
Canzone 1, st. 4
Il Canzoniere (c. 1351–1353), To Laura in Life

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

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