Giovanni Boccaccio

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

Giovanni Boccaccio (16 June 131321 December 1375) was a Florentine poet and story-writer who helped to initiate the humanist movement. His most famous work is The Decameron, a collection of 100 novelle or tales.

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Whereas a single cock is quite sufficient for ten hens, ten men are hard put to satisfy one woman.

The Decameron (c. 1350)[edit]

Unless otherwise stated, translations are quoted from the version by G. H. McWilliam (Penguin, 1972) ISBN 0140442692
  • Bocca baciata non perde ventura, anzi rinnuova come fa la luna.
    • A kissed mouth doesn't lose its freshness, for like the moon it always renews itself.
    • Second Day, Seventh Story.
  • Io ho inteso che un gallo basta assai bene a diece galline, ma che diece uomini posson male o con fatica una femina sodisfare.
    • I have always been given to understand…that whereas a single cock is quite sufficient for ten hens, ten men are hard put to satisfy one woman.
    • Third Day, First Story.
  • Fate quello che noi diciamo e non quello che noi facciamo.
    • Do as we say, not as we do.
    • Third Day, Seventh Story.
  • Sola la miseria è senza invidia nelle cose presenti.
    • In the affairs of this world, poverty alone is without envy.
    • Fourth Day, Introduction.

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