L’amico e il maldicente

Leonardo da Vinci

Uno lasciò lo usare con uno suo amico, perché quello spesso li diceva male delli amici sua. Il quale lasciato l’amico, un dì, dolendosi collo amico, e dopo il molto dolersi, lo pregò che gli dicesse quale fusse la cagione che lo avessi fatto dimenticare tanta amicizia. Al quale esso rispose: “Io non voglio più usare con teco perch’io ti voglio bene e non voglio che, dicendo tu male ad altri di me tuo amico, che altri abbiano a fare, come me, a fare trista impressione di te, dicendo tu a quelli male di me tuo amico; onde non usando noi più insieme, parrà che noi siamo fatti nimici e per il dire tu male di me, com’è tua usanza, non sarai tanto da essere biasimato, come se noi usassimo insieme”.

The friend and the gossipmonger

Leonardo da Vinci

A man stopped spending time with a friend, because he was a gossipmonger, and often talked badly about him behind his back. Now one day, after months of great distress, the gossipmonger, who was very upset about losing his friend, begged him to tell him why he had cast him aside in such a way. The man answered: “I don’t want to be your friend because I love you too much and would never want others, with whom you gossip about me – me, your dearest friend – to think as badly of you as I do; so, now that we no longer spend time together, people will think we are enemies, and when you do talk badly about me, as you always do, you will not be judged so harshly, because, in fact, we are no longer friends.”

Translation ©Matilda Colarossi

 

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s