Italian quotes by famous Italians

In today’s post, you’ll learn some famous quotes by famous Italians. If you think of Italy, what comes to your mind first is probably food and wine. And you’re not wrong. But who comes to your mind if you think of “famous Italians”? Well, it might be hard to think of a famous Italian, but Italy is (and was) indeed home to incredible people who inspired many others.
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Italian quotes by famous Italians

There are many famous Italians but some of the most well-known around the world are Galileo Galilei, Leonardo Da Vinci, Dante Alighieri, Sophia Loren, and Umberto Eco.

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Here are some of their famous quotes:

Italian quotes by Galileo Galilei

“Eppur, si muove!”

Nevertheless, it moves! (Referring to the Earth.)

“Tutte le verità sono facili da capire una volta che sono state rivelate. Il difficile è scoprirle.”

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered. What is difficult is to discover them.

“Non ho mai incontrato un uomo così ignorante dal quale non abbia potuto imparare qualcosa.”

I have never met a man ignorant to such an extent that I could not learn something from him.

Italian quotes by Leonardo Da Vinci

“La semplicità è la suprema sofisticazione”

Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication.

“L’arte non è mai finita, ma solo abbandonata.”

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

“Siccome una giornata bene spesa dà lieto dormire, così una vita bene usata dà lieto morire.”

As a day well spent brings happy sleep, so a life well lived gives happy death.

Italian quotes by Dante Alighieri

“Nessun maggior dolore che ricordarsi del tempo felice nella miseria.”

There is no greater pain than to recall happiness in times of misery.

“I costumi e le mode degli uomini cambiano come le foglie sul ramo, alcune delle quali vanno ed altre vengono.”

Fashions change like leaves, some of which go and other come.

“Colui che vede un bisogno e aspetta che gli venga chiesto aiuto è scortese quanto colui che lo rifiuta.”

A person who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as a person who refuses to give it.

Italian quotes by Sophia Loren

“La bellezza è come ci si sente dentro, e si riflette negli occhi.”

Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes.

“Il sex-appeal è al cinquanta per cento quello che hai e al cinquanta per cento quello che gli altri pensano che tu abbia.”

Sex appeal is 50% what you have and 50% what others think you have.

“Non ho mai cercato di rimuovere i miei ricordi, neppure quelli più tristi. Non capisco le persone che si nascondono dal loro passato: ogni evento che hai vissuto ti aiuta ad essere la persona che sei oggi.”

I have never tried to block out my memories, not even the sad ones. I do not understand people who try to hide from their past. Each event in your life helps you become the person that you are today.

Italian quotes by Umberto Eco

“La superstizione porta sfortuna.”

Superstition brings misfortune.

“L’assenza è all’amore come il vento al fuoco: spegne il piccolo, fa avvampare il grande.“

Absence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big.

Il computer non è una macchina intelligente che aiuta le persone stupide, anzi, è una macchina stupida che funziona solo nelle mani delle persone intelligenti.”

A computer is not a smart machine that helps stupid people, rather it is a stupid machine which only works when handled by smart people.

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I’m originally from Argentina but grew up in Italy, so I’m bilingual. I love languages, which is why I studied French and Linguistics in London. I’m a grammar nerd and I love finding out about the meaning of words.

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