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Alessandro Manzoni

Datum narození: 7. březen 1785
Datum úmrtí: 22. květen 1873

Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Manzoni byl italský básník a romanopisec. Jeho nejvýznamnějším dílem je historický román po vzoru Waltera Scotta I Promessi Sposi. Román se odehrává v severní Itálii za kruté španělské nadvlády roku 1628, vyniká kromě jiného líčením morové epidemie, která v té době sužovala Milán. Román se stal jedním z nejčtenějších a nejoblíbenějších děl italské literatury, jako jeden z prvních významnějších románů se také soustřeďuje na nižší společenské vrstvy. Narodil se v Miláně, pocházel ze šlechtické rodiny. Jeho dědečkem z matčiny strany byl právník a spisovatel Cesare Beccaria.

„Kdo pozorně naslouchá, tomu vždycky srdce napoví něco o tom, co se stane.“

„Život je velké tajemství, které rozluštíme až v poslední hodině.“

„Slova mají jiný účinek v ústech a jiný v uších.“ Snoubenci

„Bullies, oppressors and all men who do violence to the rights of others are guilty not only of their own crimes, but also of the corruption they bring into the hearts of their victims.“ The Betrothed

„One of the greatest comforts of this life is friendship; and one of the comforts of friendship is that of having someone we can trust with a secret. But friendship does not pair us off into couples, as marriage does; each of us generally has more than one friend to his name, and so a chain is formed, of which no man can see the end. When we allow ourselves the comfort of depositing a secret in the bosom of a friend, we inspire him with the wish to enjoy the same comfort for himself. It is true that we always ask him not to tell anyone else; and this is a condition which, if taken literally, would break the series of comforting confidences at once. But the general practice is to regard the obligation as one which prevents a man from passing the secret on, except to an equally trusted friend and on the same condition of silence. From trusted friend to trusted friend, the secret travels and travels along an unending chain, until it reaches the ears of the very man or men from whom the first speaker meant to keep it for ever. It would generally require a long time to get there, if each of us only had two friends—one to confide the secret to us, and another to whom we can pass it on. But there are some privileged men who have hundreds of friends, and once a secret reaches one of them, its subsequent journeys are so rapid and multitudinous that no one can keep track of them.“

„I would really like, in fact, to be born again in another two hundred years' time.“ The Betrothed

„Certainly the heart has always something to tell about the future to those who listen to it. But what does the heart know? Scarce a little of what has already happened.“ The Betrothed

„A benefit of friendship is knowing whom to tell secrets to.“

„They settled the question, by deciding that misfortunes most commonly happen to us from our own misconduct or imprudence; but sometimes from causes independent of ourselves; that the most innocent and prudent conduct cannot always preserve us from them; and that, whether they arise from our own fault or not, trust in God softens them, and renders them useful in preparing us for a better life.“ The Betrothed

„Amor tremendo è il mio. Tu nol conosci ancora, oh!.
Tutto ancora non tel mostrai; tu eri mio: secura nel mio gaudio io tacea; nè tutto mai questo labbro pudico osato avria dirti l'ebbrezza del mio cor segreto"

"Sparsa le trecce morbide sull'affannoso petto, lenta le palme, e rorido di morte il bianco aspetto, giace la pia, col tremolo sguardo cercando il ciel".“

„La storia è costretta a indovinare. Fortuna che c'è avvezza.“ I Promessi Sposi

„Il delitto è un padrone rigido e inflessibile, contro cui non divien forte se non chi se ne ribella interamente.“ The Betrothed

„God doesn't start miracles without finishing them.“

„È un saggio che Dio vi dà per cattivarvi al suo servizio, per animarvi ad entrar risolutamente nella nuova vita in cui avrete tanto da disfare, tanto da riparare, tanto da piangere!“ The Betrothed

„Le parole dell'iniquo che è forte penetrano e sfuggono. Egli può adirarsi che tu mostri sospetto di lui, e nello stesso tempo farti sentire che quello di che tu sospetti è certo: può insultare e chiamarsi offeso, schernire e domandar ragione, atterrire e lagnarsi, essere sfacciato e irreprensibile.“

„Coloro i quali avevano impugnato così risolutamente, e così a lungo, che ci fosse vicino a loro, tra loro, un germe di male, che poteva, per mezzi naturali, propagarsi e fare una strage; non potendo ormai negare il propagamento di esso, e non volendo attribuirlo a que’ mezzi (che sarebbe stato confessare a un tempo un grand’inganno e una gran colpa), erano tanto più disposti a trovarci qualche altra causa, a menar buona qualunque ne venisse messa in campo.“ The Betrothed

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