Giovanni Fiorentino

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Giovanni Fiorentino

Giovanni Fiorentino was a 14th-century Florentine writer, to whom is attributed the work Il Pecorone ("The Simpleton"). This was a collection of short stories, purportedly published in 1378. However, this date is disputed.


  • Non perder tempo chi cerca aver fama,
    voglia acquistar grazia di sua dama.
    • Translation: Lose thou no time that seek’st to garner fame,
      Or wouldst deserve the favour of thy dame.
    • Il Pecorone, Giornata X., Novella II. Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 377.

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