"I beg you to follow your star, do not let things slide
– not even an iota – for anything in the world because I
believe now, I have always believed and I shall continue to believe that
what Boccaccio says is true: it is better to act and regret than not to act
and regret it"
"The good reader should bear in mind that our hero is very
young, rather new to or devoid of any experience; but all this does not
prevent us from feeling a sense of distress when we are forced to recognize
that he was still weak enough to become indignant over politics"