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Baldassare Castiglione

Baldassare Castiglione (Italian: [baldas?sa?re kasti???o?ne]; December 6, 1478 – February 2, 1529), count of Casatico, was an Italian courtier, diplomat, soldier and a prominent Renaissance author, who is probably most famous for his authorship of The Book of the Courtier. The work was an example of a courtesy book, dealing with questions of the etiquette and morality of the courtier, and was very influential in 16th century European court circles.

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Practise in everything a certain nonchalance that shall conceal design and show that what is done an ...

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Outward beauty is a true sign of inner goodness. This loveliness, indeed, is impressed upon the body ...

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Obvious effort is the antithesis of grace.

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Employ in everything a certain casualness which conceals art and creates the impression that what is ...

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I have discovered a universal rule which seems to apply more than any other in all human actions or ...

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Men demonstrate their courage far more often in little things than in great.

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Take care lest perchance you fall into the mistake of thinking to gain more by being merciful than b ...

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Beauty, I believe, comes from God; therefore, there can be no beauty without goodness.

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Then the soul, freed from vice, purged by studies of true philosophy, versed in spiritual life, and ...

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