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Famous quotes containing the words faire and/or renaissance:

    A marchant was therwith a forked berd,
    In mottelee, and hye on horse he sat,
    Upon his heed a Flaundryssh bevere hat,
    His bootes clasped faire and fetisly.
    His resons he spak ful solempnely,
    Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?–1400)

    People nowadays like to be together not in the old-fashioned way of, say, mingling on the piazza of an Italian Renaissance city, but, instead, huddled together in traffic jams, bus queues, on escalators and so on. It’s a new kind of togetherness which may seem totally alien, but it’s the togetherness of modern technology.
    —J.G. (James Graham)