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Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together. ...
by Petrarch

Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together.
- Petrarch

The aged love what is practical while impetuous youth
longs only for what is dazzling.
- Petrarch

It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one.
Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.
- Petrarch

What name to call thee by, O virgin fair,
I know not, for thy looks are not of earth And more
than mortal seems thy countenances.
- Petrarch

 

There is no lighter burden, nor more agreeable,
than a pen.
- Petrarch

How difficult it is to save the bark of reputation
from the rocks of ignorance.
- Petrarch

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us -
avarice,
ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished,
we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
- Petrarch

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Books have led some to learning and others to madness.
- Petrarch

Who naught suspects is easily deceived.
- Petrarch

A short cut to riches is to subtract from our desires.
- Petrarch

How fortune brings to earth the over-sure!
- Petrarch

Suspicion is the cancer of friendship.
- Petrarch

Often have I wondered with much curiosity as to our
coming into this world and what will follow our departure.
- Petrarch

To be able to say how much love, is love but little.
- Petrarch

And tears are heard within the harp I touch.
- Petrarch

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?
- Petrarch

Man has no greater enemy than himself.
- Petrarch

True, we love life, not because we are used to living,
but because we are used to loving.
There is always some madness in love,
but there is also always some reason in madness.
- Petrarch

Love is the crowning grace of humanity.
- Petrarch

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.
- Petrarch

People rarely succeed unless they
have fun in what they are doing.
- Dale Carnegie

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest
for easy answers and half-baked solutions.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
- Oscar Wilde

Rarely promise, but, if lawful, constantly perform.
- William Penn

One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth
is rarely a politician's objective.
Election and power are.
- Cal Thomas

A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable.
- Robert Fripp

Rarely do members of the same family grow up under the same roof.
- Richard Bach

Great men are rarely isolated mountain peaks;
they are the summits of ranges.
- Thomas W. Higginson

Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic,
for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt.
- Robert Lindner

The attempt to combine wisdom and power
has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
- Albert Einstein

Travelling expands the mind rarely.
- Hans Christian Andersen

Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful.
- Friedrich Schiller

Genius is rarely able to give any account of its own processes.
- George Henry Lewes

Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day,
rarely of what they had seen.
- Louis L'Amour

I rarely watch TV but I guess I'd watch the weather
report since I fly so much.
- Fred Schneider

Substantial progress toward better things can rarely
be taken without developing new evils requiring new remedies.
- William Howard Taft

In scientific work, those who refuse to go beyond fact
rarely get as far as fact.
- Thomas Huxley

Again, I find it difficult to be taken care of and rarely acknowledge it,
and every act he does registers, but I also just need
to verbally acknowledge him and hug him.
- Patricia Heaton

Reasoning at every step he treads, Man yet mistakes his way,
Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads,
Are rarely known to stray.
- William Cowper

Writers should be read but not seen.
Rarely are they a winsome sight.
- Edna Ferber

I long for typical days, but rarely get them any more.
- Nora Roberts

I think I was born strong-willed.
That's not the kind of thing you can learn.
The advantage is, you stick to what you believe in
and rarely get pushed out of what you want to do.
- Joan Jett

Passionate love, I take it, rarely lasts long,
and is very troublesome while it does last.
Mutual esteem is very much more valuable.
- Anthony Trollope

I never had many problems to do my music and to give it to a record company.
Rarely do they try to argue with me about my music,
probably because it's still too far-out.
- Klaus Schulze

Sex and older women used to be considered an oxymoron,
rarely mentioned in the same breath.
- Gail Sheehy

When in doubt, one can rarely go wrong by going public.
- James E. Rogers

Only very rarely are foreigners or first-generation
immigrants allowed to be nice people in American films.
Those with an accent are bad guys.
- Max von Sydow

I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything.
Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants.
- Howard Nemerov

I really think the biopic thing so rarely works,
because people's lives don't have a dramatic shape that can be satisfying.
- Bill Condon

I rarely believe anything, because at the time of believing
I am not really there to believe.
- Gertrude Stein

What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible,
is rarely a function of our true capability.
It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.
- Tony Robbins

Who Rebels? Who rises in arms? Rarely the slave,
but almost always the oppressor turned slave.
- Emile M. Cioran

Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate
great trash we have very little reason to be interested in them.
- Pauline Kael

As far as modern writing is concerned,
it is rarely rewarding to translate it,
although it might be easy.
Translation is very much like copying paintings.
- Boris Pasternak

Issues are never simple.
One thing I'm proud of is that very rarely will you
hear me simplify the issues.
- Barack Obama

I should have known.
The first tip I got was when she rarely showed up in
court for the second trial.
- Dennis Kozlowski

Fortunately, this is not something that we see a lot of.
Very rarely do you see a dog in this terrible shape from starvation.
People just aren't that cruel.
- Jonathan Ross

Those who give of themselves rarely regret it.
- Marvin Olasky

The space and light up there in Norfolk is wonderfully peaceful.
I find myself doing funny things like gardening,
and cooking, which I rarely do in London.
- Jeremy Northam

It rarely adds anything to say, "In my opinion" -
not even modesty.
Naturally a sentence is only your opinion;
and you are not the Pope.
- Paul Goodman

I very rarely read any fiction.
I love biographies; I read about all kinds of people.
I love theology and some philosophy.
- Al Sharpton

A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history,
when we step out from the old to the new;
when an age ends; and when the soul of a nation long
suppressed finds utterance.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to
aim at making proselytes by fire and sword.
Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.
- Alexander Hamilton

The lion is, however, rarely heard -
much more seldom seen.
- John H. Speke

Mary Joe Fernandez rarely has a bad loss.
She never tries for stupid shots.
- Tracy Austin

One mind can think only of its own questions;
it rarely surprises itself.
- Orson Scott Card

A man who writes for a living does not have to go anywhere in particular,
and he could rarely afford to if he wanted.
- C. S. Forester

I rarely see one of the 'summer blockbuster' movies.
I'd like to see a stronger focus on smaller,
smarter movies.
- Christopher Meloni

Real rebels are rarely anything but second rate outside their rebellion;
the drain of time and temper is ruinous to any other accomplishment.
- James Gould Cozzens


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