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Quotations from Giovanni Giocondo

c.1433-1515

Courage you have, and the knowledge that we are all pilgrims together, wending through unknown country, home.

Letter to Countess Aldobrandeschi (Christmas Eve, 1513)

Everything we call a trial, a sorrow or a duty, believe me, that angel's hand is there, the gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Our joys, too, be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts.

Letter to Countess Aldobrandeschi (Christmas Eve, 1513)

I greet you. Not quite as the world sends greetings, but with profound esteem and with the prayer that for you now and forever, the day breaks, and the shadows flee away.

Letter to Countess Aldobrandeschi (Christmas Eve, 1513)

Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty - beneath its covering - that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven.

Letter to Countess Aldobrandeschi (Christmas Eve, 1513)

Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by the covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love, by wisdom, with power.

Letter to Countess Aldobrandeschi (Christmas Eve, 1513)

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today.
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant.

Letter to Countess Aldobrandeschi (Christmas Eve, 1513)

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach is joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness could we but see - and to see we have only to look.

Letter to Countess Aldobrandeschi (Christmas Eve, 1513)



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