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Джованни Боккаччо

Дата рождения: 16. Июль 1313
Дата смерти: 21. Декабрь 1375
Другие имена: Giovanni Battista Boccaccio

Джова́нни Бокка́ччо — итальянский писатель и поэт, представитель литературы эпохи Раннего Возрождения, который наряду со своими кумирами — Данте и Петраркой — оказал существенное влияние на развитие всей европейской культуры.

Автор поэм на сюжеты античной мифологии, психологической повести «Фьямметта» , пасторалей, сонетов. Главное произведение — «Декамерон» — книга новелл, проникнутых гуманистическими идеями, духом свободомыслия и антиклерикализма, неприятием аскетической морали, жизнерадостным юмором, многоцветная панорама нравов итальянского общества.

„Не стоит счастья, кто его страшится.“

„Подобно тому, как звезды, в ясной ночи, служат украшением неба и цветы весной — украшением зеленых лугов, так блестки остроумия украшают дружеские собрания и приятные беседы.“

„Чем меньше становится надежда, тем сильнее любовь.“

„You must read, you must persevere, you must sit up nights, you must inquire, and exert the utmost power of your mind. If one way does not lead to the desired meaning, take another; if obstacles arise, then still another; until, if your strength holds out, you will find that clear which at first looked dark.“

„To have compassion for those who suffer is a human quality which everyone should possess, especially those who have required comfort themselves in the past and have managed to find it in others.“ The Decameron

„While farmers generally allow one rooster for ten hens, ten men are scarcely sufficient to service one woman.“

„Kissed mouth don’t lose its fortune, on the contrary it renews itself just as the moon does.“ The Decameron

„Nothing is so indecent that it cannot be said to another person if the proper words are used to convey it.“ The Decameron

„Heaven would indeed be heaven if lovers were there permitted as much enjoyment as they had experienced on earth.“

„In this world, you only get what you grab for.“

„Human it is to have compassion on the unhappy“

„Do as we say, and not as we do“

„In the affairs of this world, poverty alone is without envy.“

„Umana cosa è l'aver compassione agli afflitti; e come che a ciascuna persona stea bene, a coloro è massimamente richiesto li quali già hanno di conforto avuto mestiere, e hannol trovato in alcuni: fra' quali, se alcuno mai n'ebbe bisogno, o gli fu caro, o già ne ricevette piacere, io son uno di quegli.“ The Decameron

„No-thing less splendid than a golden sepulchre would have suited so noble a heart.“ The Decameron

„The scholar, as wise as he was full of wrath, knowing that threats only serve as weapons to the person so threatened, kept all his resentment within his own breast [... ]“ The Decameron

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