I know no man who feels deeper disgust than I do at the ambition, avarice, and profligacy of the priesthood, as well because every one of these vices is odious in itself, as because each of them separately and all of them together are utterly abhorrent in men making profession of a life dedicated to God.
Francesco Guicciardini


Other quotes by Francesco Guicciardini

One who imitates what is bad always goes beyond his model; while one who imitates what is good always comes up short of it.

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.

There is nothing so fleeting as the memory of benefits received.

Affairs that depend on many rarely succeed.

It is a great matter to be in authority over others; for authority, if it be rightly used, will make you feared beyond your actual resources.

About Francesco Guicciardini

Profession: Historian
Nationality: Italian
Born: March 6, 1483
Died: March 6, 1483


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