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“Practise in everything a certain nonchalance that shall conceal design and show that what is done and said is done without effort and almost without thought.”
Baldassarre Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier
“Outward beauty is a true sign of inner goodness. This loveliness, indeed, is impressed upon the body in varying degrees as a token by which the soul can be recognized for what it is, just as with trees the beauty of the blossom testifies to the goodness of the fruit.”
Baldassarre Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier
“Who does not know that without women we can feel no content or satisfaction throughout this life of ours, which but for them would be rude and devoid of all sweetness and more savage than that of wild beasts? Who does not know that women alone banish from our hearts all vile and base thoughts, vexations, miseries, and those turbid melancholies that so often are their fellows?”
Baldassarre Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier
“Men demonstrate their courage far more often in little things than in great.”
Baldassarre Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier
“There are many who think that they are marvelous if they can simply resemble a great man in some one thing; and often they seize only on the defect he has.”
Baldassarre Castiglione
“Take care lest perchance you fall into the mistake of thinking to gain more by being merciful than by being just; for to pardon him too easily that has transgressed is to wrong him that transgresses not.”
Baldassarre Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier
“Then the soul, freed from vice, purged by studies of true philosophy, versed in spiritual life, and practised in matters of the intellect, devoted to the contemplation of her own substance, as if awakened from deepest sleep, opens those eyes which all possess but few use, and sees in herself a ray of that light which is the true image of the angelic beauty communicated to her, and of which she then communicates a faint shadow to the body.”
Baldassarre Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier


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