In Baldassare Castiglione’s words


February 9, 2015 by Ville Raivio

If I remember rightly, my dear Count, it seems to me that you have repeated several times this evening that the courtier has to imbue with grace his movements, his gestures, his way of doing things and in short, his every action.  And it appears to me that you require this in everything as the seasoning without which all other attributes and good qualities would be almost worthless.”

— Baldassare Castiglione in The Book of the Courtier


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