— Augustinus in Petrarca’s Secretum, Second Dialogue
Augustinus: What is it that you want me to acknowledge?
Franciscus: That as it is true that no one ever fell into misery except voluntarily, so it is also true that countless of those who have thus voluntarily fallen nevertheless do not voluntarily remain miserable. This is most certainly true in my own case. In fact, I think that I have received this as punishment: Because I would not stand firm when I was able, so now I cannot rise when I wish to.
-Petrarca, “First Dialogue,” Secretum