Alessandro Piccolomini

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Alessandro Piccolomini (13 June 150812 March 1579) was an Italian humanist and philosopher from Siena, who promoted the popularization in the vernacular of Latin and Greek scientific and philosophical treatises.

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  • Prendiam il dolce ognihor che torlo accade,
    Se ben d’amar alquanto ivi gustiamo;
    Ch’ al mondo huom mai non è beato a pieno.
    • Sonetti, LXVIII.
    • Translation: Seize we the sweets of life whene’er we may,
      E’en though some bitter taste therein we find,
      For ne’er on earth can man know perfect joy.
    • Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 396.

L’Amor Costante (1536)[edit]

  • L’oro è quello che abbaglia gli occhi delle donne.
    • Act II. — (Vergilio).
    • Translation: Gold is the thing that dazzles the women’s eyes.
    • Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 337.
  • Pochi servidori si trovano che per danari non si corrompano.
    • Act II — (Vergilio).
    • Translation: There are few servants to be found who cannot be corrupted with money.
    • Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 394.
  • Acque quete fan le cose.
    • Act III. — (Lucia).
    • Translation: ’Tis the quiet people that do the work.
    • Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 243.

L’Alessandro (1544)[edit]

  • Il mondo va invecchiando e peggiorando di mano in mano.
    • Act I., Scene I. — (Vicenzo).
    • Translation: The world grows older and grows worse from generation to generation.
    • Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 317.
  • Io per mi pensava che in un giovine l’esser innamorato fusse il condimento di tutte le sue virtù, e che se ben alcun fusse una profonda sentina di vitii, Amor fusse bastante a sollevarlo in un momento fino a le stelle.
    • Act I., Scene I. — (Fabritio).
    • Translation: I always used to think that the falling in love of a young man gave a savour to all his virtues, and that, even if he were a perfect sink of iniquity, Love would suffice in an instant to raise him to the stars.
    • Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 328.
  • L’amor non si paga se non con amore.
    • Act I., Scene IV. — (Alessandro).
    • Translation: Love is never paid for save with love.
    • Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 332.
  • Chi ama, si fida in tutto e per tutto della cosa amata.
    • Act III., Scene III. — (Cornelio).
    • Translation: He who loves trusts the loved one unreservedly, and in all things.
    • Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 261.
  • Contrastan le donne per esser vinte.
    • Act IV., Scene IV. — (Il Quercivola.)
    • Translation: Women resist in order to be conquered.
    • Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 388.
  • Alle spese del compagno non si può imparare.
    • Act V., Scene I. — (Il Quercivola).
    • Translation: We cannot learn our lessons at our companion’s expense
    • Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 247.

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