Francesco Petrarca (July 20, 1304 – July 19, 1374), was an Italian scholar and poet, and one of the earliest humanists. Petrarch is often called the “Father of Humanism”. In the 16th century, Pietro Bembo created the model for the modern Italian language based on Petrarch’s works, as well as those of Giovanni Boccaccio, and, to a lesser extent, Dante Alighieri. Petrarch would be later endorsed as a model for Italian style by the Accademia della Crusca. Petrarch’s sonnets were admired and imitated throughout Europe during the Renaissance and became a model for lyrical poetry. He is also known for being the first to develop the concept of the “Dark Ages”.
1. WHO NAUGHT SUSPECTS IS EASILY DECEIVED.
2. THE AGED LOVE WHAT IS PRACTICAL WHILE IMPETUOUS YOUTH LONGS ONLY FOR WHAT IS DAZZLING.
3. DO YOU SUPPOSE THERE IS ANY LIVING MAN SO UNREASONABLE THAT IF HE FOUND HIMSELF STRICKEN WITH A DANGEROUS AILMENT HE WOULD NOT ANXIOUSLY DESIRE TO REGAIN THE BLESSING OF HEALTH?
4. TO BEGIN WITH MYSELF, THEN, THE UTTERANCES OF MEN CONCERNING ME WILL DIFFER WIDELY, SINCE IN PASSING JUDGMENT ALMOST EVERY ONE IS INFLUENCED NOT SO MUCH BY TRUTH AS BY PREFERENCE, AND GOOD AND EVIL REPORT ALIKE KNOW NO BOUNDS.
5. OFTEN HAVE I WONDERED WITH MUCH CURIOSITY AS TO OUR COMING INTO THIS WORLD AND WHAT WILL FOLLOW OUR DEPARTURE.
6. IT IS MORE HONORABLE TO BE RAISED TO A THRONE THAN TO BE BORN TO ONE. FORTUNE BESTOWS THE ONE, MERIT OBTAINS THE OTHER.
7. MAN HAS NO GREATER ENEMY THAN HIMSELF.
8. HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO SAVE THE BARK OF REPUTATION FROM THE ROCKS OF IGNORANCE.
9. HOW FORTUNE BRINGS TO EARTH THE OVER-SURE!
10. AND TEARS ARE HEARD WITHIN THE HARP I TOUCH.
11. SAMENESS IS THE MOTHER OF DISGUST, VARIETY THE CURE.
12. BOOKS HAVE LED SOME TO LEARNING AND OTHERS TO MADNESS.