Together he [Girolamo Savonarola] and his archenemy Lorenzo [de' Medici] would have been the stuff of gargoyles. One could almost imagine the diptych in which their profiles confronted each other, their noses as powerful as their personalities.

— Sarah Dunant

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Someone told me much later that you always know the people who are going to make a difference in your life, from the very first time you set eyes on them, even if you do not like them at all. And I had noticed him, as he had me. God help us.

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So if we could not have love, my husband and I, then at least I could have alchemy.

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Obsessed? I don't know what the word means.

I know there were times when I couldn't think of anything else. I used to stay in every weeknight in the hope that he might get free and call me. It felt like I had a disease I didn't want to get rid of. I suppose that's a definition of obsession, yes.

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If grace belongs to God, there are those who say that luck belongs to the Devil and that he looks after his own.

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But anyone who has been that young knows that the great grief of love is that your body feels the most when it knows the least.

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Ah, he has too many ideas, that man da Vinci. His mind works faster than his hands.

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Missing rubs the soul raw.

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I listen to people talking sometimes, that great river that is language, with all its undercurrents of grammar and nuance, and I wonder how we all learn so quickly to speak it, given that we begin when we are barely old enough to stand upright. I have no memory of finding it hard. Indeed, I have no memory of it at all.

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The Devil may take the reckless, but the good will surely die of boredom. Boredom and frustration.

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