Man created God in his image: intolerant, sexist, homophobic and violent.
Whoever has received knowledgeand eloquence in speech from Godshould not be silent or secretivebut demonstrate it willingly.When a great good is widely heard of,then, and only then, does it bloom,and when that good is praised by man,it has spread its blossoms.
Be sure that you speak with unfeigned lips.
Anyone who intends to present a new story must approach the problem in a new way and speak so persuasively that the tale brings pleasure to people.
For above all things Love means sweetness, and truth, and measure; yea, loyalty to the loved one and to your word. And because of this I dare not meddle with so high a matter.
Now will I rehearse before you a very ancient Breton Lay. As the tale was told to me, so, in turn, will I tell it over again, to the best of my art and knowledge. Hearken now to my story, its why and its reason.
I love no woman, for love is a serious business, not a jest.
There are divers men who make a great show of loyalty, and pretend to such discretion in the hidden things they hear, that at the end folk come to put faith in them.
But sweetly and discreetly love passes from person to person, from heart to heart, or it is nothing worth.
For what the lover would, that would the beloved; what she would ask of him that should he go before to grant. Without accord such as this, love is but a bond and a constraint.
If one of two lovers is loyal, and the other jealous and false, how may their friendship last, for Love is slain!
Out of five hundred who speak glibly of love, not one can spell the first letter of his name.
Love is not honourable, unless it is based on equality.
Whosoever counts these Lays as fable, may be assured that I am not of his mind.
Fairest and dearest, your wrath and anger are more heavy than I can bear; but learn that I cannot tell what you wish me to say without sinning against my honour too grievously.