Quotes in Italian by famous people

phrases in italian by famous people

On this occasion, we’ll focus on quotes in Italian by famous people, not necessarily Italians.

This means the phrases we selected were not said by Italians but by people from other nationalities.

You’ll find quotes said by a variety of famous people such as:

  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Albert Einstein

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Quotes in Italian by famous writers

Here are the translations of some quotes in Italian by famous writers:

Nessun uomo è abbastanza ricco da ricomprare il suo passato.

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
(Oscar Wilde)

Dove le parole falliscono, parla la musica.

Where words fail, music speaks.
(William Shakespeare)

Vai in paradiso per il clima e all’inferno per la compagnia.

Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.
(Mark Twain)

Non è mai troppo tardi per essere ciò che potresti essere stato.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
(George Eliot)

Esiste nella vita una sola felicità: amare e essere amati.

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.
(George Sand)

Non piangere perché è finita, sorridi perché è accaduto.

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
(Dr. Seuss)

Ricorda, oggi è il domani di cui ti preoccupavi ieri.

Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
(Dale Carnegie)

Non aspettare. Non sarà mai il momento giusto.

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
(Napoleon Hill)

Se non puoi fare grandi cose, fai piccole cose in modo straordinario.

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
(Napoleon Hill)

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Quotes in Italian by famous artists

Let’s have a look at some more famous quotes in Italian said by musicians and an actress as well as phrases from famous movies:

Voler essere qualcun altro è uno spreco della persona che sei.

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.
(Kurt Cobain)

La vita è quello che ti succede mentre sei impegnato a fare altri progetti.

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
(John Lennon)

“Non ci sono scorciatoie verso qualsiasi posto in cui valga la pena di andare.”

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
(Beverly Sills)

Se obbedisci alle regole, ti perdi tutto il divertimento.

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
(Katherine Hepburn)

Siamo tutti matti qui.

We’re all mad here.
(From the movie “Alice in Wonderland”)

La felicità è reale solo quand’è condivisa.

Happiness is real only when shared.
(From the movie “Into the wild”)

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Quotes in Italian by public figures

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Let’s have a look at some phrases in Italian said by famous politicians and scientists:

“Sii il cambiamento che vuoi vedere nel mondo.”

Be the change you want to see in the world.
(Mahatma Gandhi)

Ricorda che nessuno può farti sentire inferiore senza il tuo consenso.

Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
(Eleanor Roosevelt)

Fate ciò che potete, con ciò che avete, dove siete.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
(Theodore Roosevelt)

Il modo migliore per predire il futuro è crearlo.

The best way to predict your future is to create it.
(Abraham Lincoln)

È più facile spezzare un atomo che un pregiudizio.

It is harder to crack a prejudice than an atom.
(Albert Einstein)

Due cose sono infinite: l’universo e la stupidità umana; ma riguardo l’universo ho ancora qualche dubbio.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe!
(Albert Einstein)

Questo è un piccolo passo per un uomo, un grande passo per l’umanità.

That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
(Neil Armstrong)

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Quotes in Italian by other famous people

Finally, here are some phrases in Italian said by philosophers and a sportsman: 

Ciò che non mi uccide mi fortifica.

That which does not kill me makes me stronger.
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

Un viaggio di mille miglia comincia sempre con un primo passo.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
(Lao Tzu)

Non preoccuparti di fallire. Preoccupati di non averci provato.

Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.
(Michael Jordan)

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If you want to read about other Italian quotes, check out our post about them.

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