italian Quotes

Quotes from italian authors



Dario Argento
32 quotes
Umberto Eco
31 quotes
Cecilia Bartoli
30 quotes
Cesare Pavese
29 quotes
Michelangelo
25 quotes
Sophia Loren
25 quotes
Italo Calvino
24 quotes
Greta Scacchi
24 quotes

Famous italian quotes
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself. Galileo Galilei, scientist
  • Teaching

Genius is one of the many forms of insanity. Cesare Lombroso, psychologist
  • insanity

He who is not impatient is not in love. Italian Proverbs,
  • Love

Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are. Niccolo Machiavelli, writer
  • inner

It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both. Niccolo Machiavelli, writer
  • feared


The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. Michelangelo, sculptor
  • achieving

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
  • greatest

I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies. Pietro Aretino, poet
  • relationship

A different language is a different vision of life. Federico Fellini, director
  • vision

Learning never exhausts the mind. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
  • learning

The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
  • art

Hope is the last to abandon the unhappy. Italian Proverbs,
  • Hope

Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
  • victory

Of what does not concern you say nothing good or bad. Italian Proverbs,
  • Communication

The person who lives with cripples will soon learn to limp. Italian Proverbs,
  • Leadership

Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear. Umberto Eco, novelist
  • Bravery

I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart. Pope John XXIII, clergyman
  • inspirational

The best way to get praise is to die. Italian Proverbs,
  • Praise

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory. Leonardo DaVinci, painter
  • Argument

After the game the King and pawn go into the same box. Italian Proverbs,
  • Competition

He who knows little knows enough if he knows how to hold is tongue. Italian Proverbs,
  • Speeches

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. Dante Alighieri, poet
  • Morals

One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
  • art

If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared. Niccolo Machiavelli, writer
  • political

. . . colors like a flourish of trumpets or pianissimo on the violin, great, calm, oscillating, splintered surgances . . . . Is this not form? Giacomo Puccini, composer
  • Violins

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death. Leonardo DaVinci, painter
  • Death

Beware of one who has nothing to lose. Italian Proverbs,
  • Caution

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
  • simplicity

He who knows little quickly tells it. Italian Proverbs,
  • Knowledge

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box. Italian Proverbs,
  • Death

Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
  • flight

Old wine and friends improve with age. Italian Proverbs,
  • AlcoholAlcoholism

I did not tell half of what I saw, for I knew I would not be believed. Marco Polo, explorer
  • experience

And Wisdom be the Daughter of Experience Leonardo DaVinci, painter
  • Wisdom

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. Leonardo da Vinci, artist
  • art

Often the test of courage is not to die but to live. Vittorio Alfieri, dramatist
  • Bravery

Real love is the love that sometimes arises after sensual pleasure: if it does, it is immortal; the other kind inevitably goes stale, for it lies in mere fantasy. Giacomo Casanova, celebrity
  • arises

He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive. Italian Proverbs,
  • Flattery

After the ship has sunk, everyone knows how she might have been saved. Italian Proverbs,
  • Solutions

Nothing can be love or hated unless it is first known. Leonardo DaVinci, painter
  • Understanding

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. Dante Alighieri, poet
  • politics

I want to be famous everywhere. Luciano Pavarotti, musician
  • Fame

Not everything which is bad comes to hurt us. Italian Proverbs,
  • Adversity

Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect. Leonardo DaVinci, painter
  • Laziness

Three classes of people: Those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see. Leonardo DaVinci, painter
  • Humanity

Speak of the Devil and he appears. Italian Proverbs,
  • Evil

The person who lives by hope will die by despair. Italian Proverbs,
  • Despair

Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out. Italian Proverbs,
  • Actions

Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great. Niccolo Machiavelli, writer
  • Will

The best armor is to keep out of range. Italian Proverbs,
  • War


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