Pietro Aretino Quotes

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A high heart ought to bear calamities and not flee them, since in bearing them appears the grandeur of the mind and in fleeing them the cowardice of the heart.

Pietro Aretino

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"His literary talent his clear and sparkling style his varied observation of men and things would have made him a considerable writer under any circumstances destitute as he was of the power of conceiving a genuine work of art such as a true dramatic comedy; and to the coarsest as well as the most refined malice he added a grotesque wit so brilliant that in some cases it does not fall short of that of Rabelais. They circulated widely in manuscript and he collected them and publiPietro Aretinod them at intervals winning as many enemies as it did fame and earned him the dangerous nickname Ariosto gave him: flagello dei principi ("scourge of princes").