Giovanni Boccaccio

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.
  • Leggiadre donne, infra molte bianche colombe aggiugne più di bellezza uno nero corvo, che non farebbe un candido cigno.
    • Gracious ladies, one black crow among many white doves will more set off their beauty than the whitest swan could do.
    • Ninth Day, Tenth Story (a revised translation by W. K. Kelly).

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