Giovanni Boccaccio Quotes (7 quotes)
The Decameron, or Ten days' entertainment of Boccaccio (1835 edition)
In Italian: "e voi sapete che la gente è più acconcia a credere il male che il bene." From: Il Decameron, Volume 1 (1857 edition), p. 254, "Novella Sesta, Giornata Terza"
“[Of the Black Death:] How many valiant men, how many fair ladies, breakfast with their kinfolk and the same night supped with their ancestors in the next world!”
Decameron introduction (13481353)
As quoted in: "Speaker's Handbook of Epigrams and Witticisms" (Harper, 1955) by Herbert Victor Prochnow, p. 27. Also in: The Stars (1962) by Richard Schickel
“All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.”
Understanding Media: Extensions Man (1966), p. 199
“Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.”
―Orison Swett Marden
"Pushing to the Front: Or, Success Under Difficulties", (1894), pages 8 and 10
“From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental principle of my religion: I know no other religion; I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion; religion, as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery.”
―John Henry Newman
"History of my religious opinions by John Henry Newman, D. D." (1865), p. 49, "From 1883 to 1839"
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsGiovanni Boccaccio
Born: June 16, 1313
Died: December 21, 1375 (aged 62)
Occupation: Author, poet
Bio: Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian author and poet, a friend, student, and correspondent of Petrarch, an important Renaissance humanist and the author of a number of notable works including the Decameron, On Famous Women, and his poetry in the Italian vernacular.