They merit more praise who know how to suffer misery than those who temper themselves in contentment.
Age has a good mind and sorry shanks.
I keep my friends as misers do their treasure because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.
I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.
If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them.
A high heart ought to bear calamities and not flee them, since in bearing them appears the grandeur of the mind and in fleeing them the cowardice of the heart.
Flattery and deceit are the darlings of great men, and so with these men spread the butter on thick, if you want to get something out of them, otherwise you'll come home to me with a full belly and an empty purse.
Perugia is my true fatherland because there I grew to manhood.
I am a free man. I do not need to copy Petrarca or Boccaccio. My own genius is enough. Let others worry themselves about style, and so cease to be themselves. Without a master, without a model, without a guide, I go to work and earn my living, my well-being and my fame.
With a goose-quill and a few sheets of paper, I mock myself of the universe. They say I am the son of a courtesan; it may be so, but I have the heart of a King. I live free, I enjoy myself, I can call myself happy.