Quotations on Italy

Quotes and aphorisms about Italy and Italian people
Quotes and aphorisms about Italy and Italian people

Italy’s judicial system is one of most corrupt & inefficient in all Europe. That’s no secret. 9 million pending court cases.
An anonymous Venetian

In Italy there are a lot of illegal things, since the law is illegal too.
Carl William Brown

In Europe the parents are included as with children. All three generations are together. I’m thinking of Italy. You go out on a Sunday afternoon and the whole family is there.
Dana Delany

I’ve studied, I’ve traveled the world, but the most important things I’ve learned in Italy making the round of workshops with my grandfather Dante. When it comes to leather, he was a real artist – he could sniff out the best immediately.
Nicola Trussardi

Bologna is the best city in Italy for food and has the least number of tourists. With its medieval beauty, it has it all.
Mario Batali

Those girls of Italy, take heed of them; they say our French lack language to deny, if they demand; beware of being captives before you serve.
William Shakespeare

Our Italy shines o’er with civil swords: Sextus Pompeius makes his approaches to the port of Rome.
William Shakespeare

Probably the first time I left Italy was to travel by train to Lourdes. I went with my mother and my grandmother – who was a very religious person – so it was a pilgrimage of sorts. I remember it as a very intense, but beautiful experience.
Andrea Bocelli

Colonialism is an idea born in the West that drives Western countries – like France, Italy, Belgium, Great Britain – to occupy countries outside of Europe.
Ahmed Ben Bella

No one, no social group, can today avoid the commitment to contribute to the clean up of public finances in order to prevent the financial collapse of Italy. The sacrifices will not be in vain, especially if the economy begins to grow again.
Giorgio Napolitano

When I first discovered in the early 1980s the Italian espresso bars in my trip to Italy, the vision was to re-create that for America – a third place that had not existed before. Starbucks re-created that in America in our own image; a place to go other than home or work. We also created an industry that did not exist: specialty coffee.
Howard Schultz

Near Marseilles in the south of France, bouillabaisse is a cult food. In Toulouse and Carcassonne, the bean-based stew cassoulet is a cult food. Spain has paella and a number of others. Italy has so many, its cuisine is practically defined by them.
Nathan Myhrvold

I spent a college semester in a small town in Italy – and that is where I truly tasted food for the first time.
Alton Brown

I’ve never been much of a European traveler. London once on a book tour, and Italy because that’s where Ferraris are from. That’s about it.
John Ridley

The Italians may be clever and quick-witted but they are not intellectuals. They lack wanderlust, indeed, most of them lack intellectual curiosity in every shape and form.
George Mikes

Capri on the Amalfi Coast in Italy is my ultimate holiday destination.
Vidal Sassoon

In Italy, the country where fascism was born, we have a particular relation with the Holocaust, but as a turning point in history it belongs to everybody in the world. It is a part of humanity.
Roberto Benigni

Italy is one of the world leading country of bureaucracy and stupidity.
Carl William Brown

I am proud to be Italian because I was born in Italy, I grew up in Italy, I went to school in Italy and I have worked in Italy. I’m Italian.
Mario Balotelli

We’ve seen a massive attack on the freedom of the web. Governments are realizing the power of this medium to organize people and they are trying to clamp down across the world, not just in places like China and North Korea; we’re seeing bills in the United States, in Italy, all across the world.
Sergey Brin

The two great cultural and political currents of Italy have always only been concerned with the masses.
Emma Bonino

In the literature of France Molière occupies the same kind of position as Cervantes in that of Spain, Dante in that of Italy, and Shakespeare in that of England. His glory is more than national – it is universal.
Lytton Strachey

Let the Volsces plough Rome and harrow Italy; I’ll never be such a gosling to obey instinct, but stand as if a man were author of himself and knew no other kin.
William Shakespeare

You must not so far prefer her fore ours of Italy.
William Shakespeare

In America, if you succeed, you don’t have to apologize. In Italy, success is envied, and envy is the worst, worst, worst thing in the world. It’s easy for me to say because I have had more than
many others, but at the end of the day, I have never envied anyone. I wish to no one that they waste their time envying anyone else.
Lapo Elkann

It is rather unusual for Italy to be at the forefront of pro-market initiatives.
Mario Monti

In Italy there are a lot of illegal or almost illegal things, only stupidity is perfectly legal.
Carl William Brown

To this day the Arab influence is evident in southern Italy, northern Africa and, above all, in Spain.
Carroll Quigley

Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building here after seeing Italy.
Fanny Burney

‘Made in Italy’ is from the tycoons of the ’80s, not me. It is people who represent an Italy which I don’t belong to and I don’t feel a part of.
Lapo Elkann

England is a paradise for women, and hell for horses: Italy a paradise for horses, hell for women, as the diverb goes.
Robert Burton

Italy advocates the adoption of a legal instrument on cultural diversity, guaranteeing every country the protection of its own historical identity and the uniqueness of its physical and intangible cultural heritage.
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and grand borders upon insanity and absurdity or at least is reminiscent of childhood.
Alexander Herzen

Before Sunrise did very well internationally. It made as much in Italy and Korea as it did here.
Richard Linklater

Real socialism is inside man. It wasn’t born with Marx. It was in the communes of Italy in the Middle Ages. You can’t say it is finished.
Dario Fo

In Italy, food is an expression of love. It is how you show those around you that you care for them. Having a love for food means you also have a love for those you are preparing it for and for yourself.
Joe Bastianich

If you stop for lunch elsewhere in the world, you tend to eat a sandwich, and a bad one. Italy is unique for the style of life. I think everyone envies it a bit.
Lapo Elkann

What happened in the late Fifties, early Sixties in French cinema was a fantastic revolution. I was in Italy, but completely in love with the nouvelle vague movement, and directors like Godard, Truffaut, Demy. ‘The Dreamers’ was a total homage to cinema and that love for it.
Bernardo Bertolucci

I couldn’t settle in Italy – it was like living in a foreign country.
Ian Rush

I am not a genius, I am just a humble servant of it and having personally known Zack in Italy (A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority. Samuel Johnson) I can witness that he is a guy of that kind of stuff.
Carl William Brown

It’s me, it’s my habit to perform live onstage every four, five years. In Italy, it’s my habit.
Roberto Benigni

As a matter of fact, I’ve been to Italy many times before I met my husband, which he can’t even imagine that I could possibly know anything about Italian food. But, you know, Italian food’s really basic, and there’s so many different variations on it that what my husband did is he broke it down for me.
Debi Mazar

My family is a Jewish Iranian family, but I was born in Turkey and raised in Italy. So it’s a very mixed background.
Nouriel Roubini

I just went off for two months traveling around Europe on a motorcycle and pretty much turned my phone off. I did 5,000 miles with my dad. We went through Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Italy… and then I did Spain and France by myself.
Michael Fassbender

I do quite like sightseeing. I like churches, museums, galleries and all that stuff. I love the smell of a church in Italy or the smell of an old greasy spoon somewhere. I like markets and little funny shops in the backstreets of Florence.
Ashley Jensen

I also had this mistaken dream, fantasy really – perhaps because I’m good at languages – of being able in both Italy and France to become someone else through my fluency in the language.
Harry Mathews

I’m involved with a baroque opera company here in Italy. I write some of their booklet material, comments on operas. I also write for some baroque opera festivals because this music is my real passion.
Donna Leon

The value of “Made in Italy” must necessarily be up-to-date. This is the philosophy that Italia Independent has embraced. We decided from the outset to do away with stereotypes and attune ourselves to the extreme pace, to the incessant metamorphoses of the globalized world.
Lapo Elkann

I think I went to Italy initially for the art, architecture, food and history, but I stayed there because of the people in Cortona.
Frances Mayes

To be a true philosopher you must study stupidity a lot, that’s why, as Doctor Samuel Johnson used to say, a man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
Carl William Brown

If I go to Germany, I learn something in addition. The German television is very precise and respectable. One has never stress. In Italy it is more dynamic. But I amuse myself madly in both countries.
Michelle Hunziker

My most memorable recognition story was in Venice, Italy. My fiance and I were renting a car, and I was recognized by the person standing behind me by my voice. I thought that was hysterical!
Erica Cerra

I’ve backpacked to countries like Italy and Turkey and observed beautiful scenery, but then I realized that beauty was always very close to me. It is here in Belitung Island, where the rivers, beaches and the terrain captivate my attention most.
Andrea Hirata

I love the simplicity, the ingredients, the culture, the history and the seasonality of Italian cuisine. In Italy people do not travel. They cook the way grandma did, using fresh ingredients and what is available in season.
Anne Burrell

The reality is that I spent years in the factories in Italy when I first set up Jimmy Choo. Today, everyone who has a job at Jimmy Choo, I’ve done their job – right down to the cleaner.
Tamara Mellon

In Italy, the Milanese are well organized but follow bourgeois taste. They adhere to certain codes of elegance, but not to individualism.
Christian Lacroix

There’s no big splashy renaissance in Italian films. We have good young actors and directors. What we lack are screenwriters. It’s hard to write about Italy.
Valeria Golino

To see how many Italians are going out of Italy, the sort of exodus, a great generation leaving my country, I think is the worst nightmare for me as prime minister but also for the country, of course.
Enrico Letta

I was in Italy in 1992 working on magazine articles when I got a call from the Italian travel commission. They asked, would I mind being an escort for an older woman? I told them I don’t do that kind of work, but then they said it was Julia Child, and I said I’d be right there.
Bob Spitz

If I spoke Italian, I’d be in Italy in a minute. I love the food, I love the way people live there. I mean, it really is my idea of paradise.
Bonnie Bedelia

Your Italy contains none so accomplish’d a courtier to convince the honour of my mistress.
William Shakespeare

Sitting sadly hearing us praise our loves of Italy for beauty that made barren the swell’d boast of him that best could speak
William Shakespeare

Since I’ve been in an actor, I’ve lived in Italy, in London, in Stockholm – I had the fortune of working in different locations. If you live some place long enough, you acquire slightly different systems of thought, and it influences your outlook on life. I just slowly adapted the way I speak.
Matthew Settle

I love to travel the world. My husband and I always travel and everywhere we go I’ve been to Italy, of course London, Ireland, and you just receive so much love.
Tamera Mowry

I got hooked on espresso when I visited Italy at 18, but these days I prefer a “flat white.” It’s like a small latte with less milk – they’re popular in Australia.
Hugh Jackman

We, unlike Nazi Germany or Mussolini’s Italy, have never stopped being a nation of laws, not of men. But witness how men with motives and a majority can manipulate law to cruel and unjust ends.
Robert Byrd

I’m definitely looking forward to the day when I stop working – if I ever stop working. I like the idea of keeling over in my tomato vines in Sardinia or northern Italy.
Anthony Bourdain

I would say that Juventus is a myth not only in Italy, because it’s the most loved team in Italy, but also around the world. And it has been in my family since birth.
Lapo Elkann

We had extremely democratic town councils in medieval Italy which knew the value of working together, and every now and then, down the centuries, this spirit returns.
Dario Fo

Since Italy is the land of bureaucratic and political nonsense, it tries to make up for the lost chances through a complex system of confused laws and logical stupidity.
Carl William Brown

The thing about Hemingway that people forget is that all the stuff he did was at a time where people weren’t traveling that much. At 19 he travels to Italy. He goes to the Spanish Civil War. He goes to China, he goes to Africa so at that time to travel that much is really incredible.
Clive Owen

In Italy it’s full-on stardom when you’re a cyclist – eating in restaurants for free, it’s great.
David Millar

I have never let down Italy, and I never will. I love my country, and I owe a lot to my country, and in that sense, whatever I can and will be able to do for my country, I will do.
Lapo Elkann

In Italy the artist is a god. Now if the artist is a god, the scientist is likewise a god.
Josef Albers

I have had the problem of seeing my male model go to Italy and… stay there.
Camille Claudel

Yes. I do about 70 shows a year, in the past year I’ve been to Italy, Australia, Japan, China, just about everywhere. I do it because I love singing. The money is a bonus.
Katherine Jenkins

Italy is full of historical buildings. And Europe holds a great history of philosophy from Greece until today. I read all those books and see these buildings, and I think of where I stand when I design my architecture.
Tadao Ando

Italy is doomed to disappear, it is too stupid to survive!
Carl William Brown

If you’ve got a plot the size of a car or a tiny yard in Italy, you’re going to be growing tomatoes and basil and celery and carrots, and everybody is still connected to the land.
Frances Mayes

Tiles, the best furniture, fabrics, bath fixtures, bronze – just leaf through any design magazine and you immediately understand they’re all ‘Made in Italy.’ We have the premier opera house in the world, La Scala, and behind the Nobel given to CERN is the research of many Italians.
Lapo Elkann

Everything is global now. It’s not London, it’s not Spain, it’s not Italy – everything is everywhere. So you have to be everywhere, I guess.
Manolo Blahnik

I live in Dublin, God knows why. There are greatly more congenial places I could have settled in – Italy, France, Manhattan – but I like the climate here, and Irish light seems to be essential for me and for my writing.
John Banville

I live in Italy. I visit my family in Switzerland.
Ursula Andress

It was the greatest thing in the world getting fat. Every meal out was an event. Or we’d go to Italy and we’d have pasta, truffles, and dessert and then plan the next incredible meal. It was a happy-go-lucky time. I never had so much fun.
Kirstie Alley

I had a very tough childhood. I came here from Italy in the ’70s and didn’t speak a word of English, so the kids at school tormented me. Truly, it was horrifying the names they called me, and the teachers never really did a thing to stop it.
Giada De Laurentiis

I am certain that most Germans have instinctive liking for Italy, just as Italians admire Germans for their many qualities.
Mario Monti

Until 1914 I loved to travel; I often went to Italy and once spent a few months in India. Since then I have almost entirely abandoned travelling, and I have not been outside of Switzerland for over ten years.
Herman Hesse

I would be in Italy working on a film, longing for something simple – like, God, I would just kill to be sitting at a barbecue having a beer right now.
Chris O’Donnell

We arrived in Argentina with a lot of injured players, including our goalkeeper. Also we were unlucky to be drawn in the same group as the two tournament favourites Italy and Argentina.
Michel Platini

When I retired, at that time I had a lot of proposals to play in Europe, England, Italy, Spain, Mexico. But I said no, after 18 years I want to rest, because I want to retire.
Pele

I would love to take a road trip across Italy in an Aston Martin S Coupe.
Esha Gupta

Lump the whole thing! Say that the Creator made Italy from designs by Michael Angelo!
Mark Twain

The type of cuisine I do, especially after being on ‘Iron Chef’ for several years, is a lot of global cuisine. My strength has always been Mediterranean cuisine across the board from Morocco, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, but I think now I’m doing a lot of very different cuisines all the time.
Cat Cora

You have to remember that Italy is second to none, in fact, if Germany has more than 3,500 brothels, Italy has the Vatican!
Carl William Brown

The individual couldn’t find any attention in Italy.
Emma Bonino

When we’ve finished the current tour I’m going to go back to Italy and see if I can do some more writing.
Gerry Mulligan

My parents immigrated from Italy and spent 40 days and 40 stinking nights on a boat so we didn’t have to eat things like gizzards.
Nadia Giosia

My grandmother used to cook for eight every day – sitting down lunches and dinner, the way you do it in Italy, you sit down. And when my parents could afford their own place, I went with them but still my mother used to work but used to come back from work to cook lunch for my father, come back from work, cook dinner for my father and me.
Carrie Ann Inaba

I write in English. My first album came out in Italy, and I toured and did gigs.
Violante Placido

The battle of the euro is being fought right now in Spain and Italy. The future of the euro is at stake in the next weeks.
Luis de Guindos

Italy to me is like the mean mother. Whatever I do, it’s never good enough. People say I’m the queen of Cannes, but in Italy I get turned down for work.
Asia Argento

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