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GIAMBATTISTA BASILE
Italian (Neapolitan) soldier, public official, poet and writer
(1575 - 1632)

A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
      - [Goodness]

Ingratitude is a nail which, driven into the tree of courtesy, causes it to wither; it is a broken channel, by which the foundations of the affections are undermined; and a lump of soot, which, falling into the dish of friendship, destroys its scent and flavor.
      - [Ingratitude]

It has always been more difficult for a man to keep than to get; for, in the one case, fortune aids, which often assists injustice; but, in the other case, sense is required. Therefore, we often see a person deficient in cleverness rise to wealth; and then, from want of sense, roll head over heels to the bottom.
      - [Improvidence]

Memory is the cabinet of imagination, the treasury of reason, the registry of conscience and the council-chamber of thought.
      - [Memory]

Truly, a command of gall cannot be obeyed like one of sugar. A man must require just and reasonable things; if he would see the scales of obedience properly trimmed. From orders which are improper, springs resistance, which is not easily overcome.
      - [Command]


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