Friday, January 29, 2010

Sixteenth Century Quote of the Week

"I hold that a woman should in no way resemble a man in her ways, manners, words, gestures and bearing. Thus just as it is very fitting that a man should display a certain robust and sturdy manliness, so it is well for a woman to have a certain soft and delicate tenderness, with an air of feminine sweetness in her every movement."

Baldassare Castiglione (1478-1529), Italian courtier and diplomat
The Book of the Courtier (1528)


Anonymous said...

Looks like there were quite a few viragoes around poor Mr. Castiglione.


mannequin said...

hmm...I hold these things to be true even today..