QUOTATIONS FROM THE RENAISSANCE

 

Directions: Read each of the following quotations and then choose the individual you believe to be the speaker from the list of individuals listed below. Write the name of the speaker on the appropriate blank.

 

Possible answers: Alberti, Castiglione, Laura Cereta, Machiavelli, Cosimi de Medici, Michelangelo, Petrarch, Pico, Valla, Vasari.

1. In a few years, they will remember me only for my buildings.

2. There are those who are shocked that I disagree with certain great writers already approved by long usage and charge me with rashness and sacrilege.

3. I care more for letters than for flashy clothes.

4. Any prince, trusting only in their words and having no other preparations made, will fall to his ruin.

5. If man, not content with any creature's lot betakes himself into the center of his oneness, then he who was created above all things will excell all things. Who would not admire this chameleon of ours.

6. I dwelt especially on antiquity, for our own age always repelled me. I should have preferred to have been born in any other period than our own.

7. I only release that which has struggled to be free.

8. Men can do all things, if only they will

9. Besides his noble birth, I would have the Courtier endowed by nature not only with talent and beauty of person and feature, but with a certain grace and air that shall make him at first sight pleasing.

10. Florence was the nest...of the arts, as Athens was of the sciences.