— Ludovico Ariosto, книга Orlando Furioso
Natura il fece, e poi roppe la stampa.
Canto X, stanza 84 (tr. W. S. Rose)
Variant translation: Nature made him, and then broke the mould.
Compare: "I think Nature hath lost the mould / Where she her shape did take; / Or else I doubt if Nature could / So fair a creature make." A Praise of his Lady, in Tottel's Miscellany (1557). Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey wrote similar lines, in A Praise of his Love (before 1547). Compare also: "Sighing that Nature formed but one such man, / And broke the die—in moulding Sheridan." Lord Byron, Monody on the Death of the Rt. Hon. R. B. Sheridan, line 117. As reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations (1922).
Orlando Furioso (1532)