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  • And tears are heard within the harp I touch.
    (Petrarch)

  • A short cut to riches is to subtract from our desires.
    (Petrarch)

  • Books have led some to learning and others to madness.
    (Petrarch)

  • What name to call thee by, O virgin fair, I know not, for thy looks are not of earth And more than mortal seems thy countenances.
    (Petrarch)

  • Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together.
    (Petrarch)


  • How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation from the rocks of ignorance.
    (Petrarch)

  • There is no lighter burden, nor more agreeable, than a pen.
    (Petrarch)

  • Often have I wondered with much curiosity as to our coming into this world and what will follow our departure.
    (Petrarch)

  • Do you suppose there is any living man so unreasonable that if he found himself stricken with a dangerous ailment he would not anxiously desire to regain the blessing of health?
    (Petrarch)

  • Suspicion is the cancer of friendship.
    (Petrarch)

  • How fortune brings to earth the over-sure!
    (Petrarch)

  • Love is the crowning grace of humanity.
    (Petrarch)

  • Man has no greater enemy than himself.
    (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)

  • Who naught suspects is easily deceived.
    (Petrarch)


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