Metastasio, aka Pietro Petastasio, pseudonymn for Pietro Antonio Domenico Trapassi

Metastasio, aka Pietro Petastasio, pseudonymn for Pietro Antonio Domenico Trapassi
1698
1782

Italian Poet and Librettist

Author Quotes

Let him speak of his own deeds, and not of those of his forefathers. High birth is mere accident, and not virtue; for if reason had controlled birth, and given empire only to the worthy, perhaps Arbaces would have been Xerxes, and Xerxes Arbaces.

The canter which the trunk conceals is revealed by the leaves, the fruit, or the flower.

The eye that gazes upon the sun sees not the orb it looks upon, confounded by the excess of its brightness.

The pilot who is always dreading a rock or a tempest must not complain if he remain a poor fisherman. We must at times trust something to fortune, for fortune has often some share in what happens.

Though the Indian Ocean abounds in rich and rare gems, it does not boast a clearer sky nor more unruffled sea. If there be a shore that dreads not the fury of the faithless billows, it is some poor and narrow inlet unknown to the winds.

We must at times trust something to fortune, for fortune has often some share in what happens.

A fortunate shepherd is nursed in a rude cradle in some wild forest, and, if fortune smile, has risen to empire. That other, swathed in purple by the throne, has at last, if fortune frown, gone to feed the herd.

Fairer and more fruitful in spring the vine becomes from the skilful pruning of the husbandman; less pure had been the gums which the odorous balsam gives if it had not been cut by the knife of the Arabian shepherd.

Fortune is the best school of courage when she is fraught with anger, in the same way as winds and tempests are the school of the sailor-boy.

He who despairs wants love and faith, for faith, hope, and love are three torches which blend their light together, nor does the one shine without the other.

If our inward griefs were seen written on our brow, how many would be pitied who are now envied!

If the internal griefs of every man could be read, written on his forehead, how many who now excite envy, would appear to be objects of pity?

If you wish to behold God, you may see Him in every object around; search in your breast, and you will find Him there. And if you do not yet perceive where He dwells, confute me, if you can, and say where He is not.

It is by no means a fact that death is the worst of all evils; when it comes it is an alleviation to mortals who are worn out with sufferings.

It is the just decree of Heaven that a traitor never sees his danger till his ruin is at hand.

Know that the slender shrub which is seen to bend, conquers when it yields to the storm.

The bee and the serpent often sip from the selfsame flower.

If every man's internal care Were written on his brow, How many would our pity share Who raise our envy now?

High birth is an accident, not a virtue.

Every noble acquisition is attended with its risks; he who fears to encounter the one must not expect to obtain the other.

How full of error is the judgment of mankind! They wonder at results when they are ignorant of the reasons.

Let him speak of his own deeds, and not of those of his forefathers. High birth is mere accident, and not virtue.

O, how full of error is the judgment of mankind. They wonder at results when they are ignorant of the reasons. They call it fortune when they know not the cause, and thus worship their own ignorance changed into a deity.

Prepare the soul calmly to obey; such offering will be more acceptable to God than every other sacrifice.

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First Name
Metastasio, aka Pietro Petastasio, pseudonymn for Pietro Antonio Domenico Trapassi
Birth Date
1698
Death Date
1782
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Italian Poet and Librettist