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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
 
Leo X.
 
        [Giovanni de’ Medici, a munificent patron of literature and the arts; born at Florence, 1475; created cardinal at the age of thirteen; elected pope, March 11, 1513; signed, with Francis I., the constitution of the Gallican Church; annexed Urbino and Perugia to the papal see; combined with Charles V. against Francis I.; died December, 1521.]
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Since God has given us the papacy, let us enjoy it.
          Words attributed to Leo X. on his accession, but possibly suggested by his pontifical career.
  “Not the Christian religion only,” he declared, “but Nature herself, cries out against the state of slavery.”
  A man dedicated to the Pope, in the hope of a reward, a book on the art of making gold. As Leo saw the discoverer following him everywhere, he gave him an empty purse, saying, “As you can make gold, you only need a purse to put it in.”
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