Lodovico Quotes

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LODOVICO You must forsake this room, and go with us: Your power and your command is taken off, And Cassio rules in Cyprus. For this slave,β€” If there be any cunning cruelty That can torment him much and
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William Shakespeare (Othello)
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Can it be true?'--she cried--'shall I be fain To follow one, that strives to hide and fly? Esteem a man that has me in disdain? Pray him that never hears my supplant cry? Suffer who hates me o'er my heart to reign? One that his lofty virtues holds so high, T'were need some heaven-born goddess should descend From realms above, his stubborn heart to bend? ... Yea: rather of myself I should complain, Than the desire, to which I bared my breast Whereby was Reason hunted from her reign, And all my powers by stronger force opprest. Thus borne from bad to worse, without a rein I cannot the unbridled beast arrest; Who makes me see I to destruction haste, That I bitterness in death may taste. Yet, ah! why blame myself? Wherein have I Ever offended, save in loving thee? What wonder was it then that suddenly A woman's feeble sense opprest should be? Why fence and guard myself, lest bearing high Wise words, and beauty rare should pleasure me? Most wretched is the mortal that would shun To look upon the visage of the sun
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Ludovico Ariosto (L'Orlando Furioso Di Lodovico Ariosto, Vol. 4: Con Annotazioni (Classic Reprint))
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For these reasons Louis the Twelfth, King of France, quickly occupied Milan, and as quickly lost it; and to turn him out the first time it only needed Lodovico's own forces; because those who had opened the gates to him, finding themselves deceived in their hopes of future benefit, would not endure the ill-treatment of the new prince.
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NiccolΓ² Machiavelli (The Prince)