John Florio


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John Florio (1553–1625), known in Italian as Giovanni Florio, was a linguist and lexicographer, a royal language tutor at the Court of James I, and a possible friend and influence on William Shakespeare. He was also the translator of Montaigne into English.

Born in London, John Florio was of Anglo-Italian origin. He referred to himself as "an Englishman in Italiane". John's ... more »

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  • ''For proverbs are the pith, the proprieties, the proofs, the purities, the elegancies, as the commonest so the commendablest phrases of a language. To use them is a grace, to understand them a good.''
    John Florio (c. 1553-1625), British author, translator. Second Frutes, preface (1591).
  • ''England is the paradise of women, the purgatory of men, and the hell of horses.''
    John Florio (c. 1553-1625), British author, translator. Silvestro, in Second Frutes, ch. 12 (1591).
  • ''A good husband makes a good wife.''
    John Florio (c. 1553-1625), British author, translator. Silvestro, in Second Frutes, ch. 12 (1591). The adage is also found in Robert Burton Anato...
  • ''England is the paradise of women, the purgatory of men, and the hell of horses.''
    John Florio (c. 1553-1625), British author, translator. Silvestro, in Second Frutes, ch. 12 (1591).
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