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Italians Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Italians.

Some Italians are geniuses, but you have to find a balance.
- Alain Prost

I love places that have an incredible history.
I love the Italian way of life.
I love the food.
I love the people.
I love the attitudes of Italians.
- Elton John

The lucky thing was that I was Italian;
when the other Italians saw me fight back,
they came to my defence.
- Gregory Corso

I have been further enlightened by the conversation
and correspondence of some illustrious Italians,
whom I would gladly name, were I not afraid of exposing them to danger.
- Edmond About


The English say, Yours Truly, and mean it.
The Italians say, I kiss your feet, and mean,
I kick your head.
- Wilfred Owen

People have an image of Italians.
When I go somewhere in the world, I don't care where it is,
when they look at me it's not about my intelligence.
It's who can I beat up.
- Danny Aiello

Love and understand the Italians, for the people are
more marvellous than the land.
- E. M. Forster

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Take care, these Italians, full of failings,
are neither you, nor me; they are your neighbors,
the ones you meet on the staircase and whom you do not like to greet.
- Alberto Sordi

Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways,
women, gambling, and farming.
My family chose the slowest one.
- Pope John XXIII

Italians have no sense of the dramatic.
- Jose Carreras

The Italians are very strong defensively.
They showed in Euro 2000 how good defensively they are.
- Alan Hansen

Italians can not beat us, but we can certainly lose against them.
- Johan Cruijff

I am disgusted by the anti-Semitism of many Italians,
of many Europeans.
- Oriana Fallaci

Most correspondents came from the former colonial powers -
there were British,
French, and a lot of Italians, because there were a
lot of Italian communities there.
And of course there were a lot of Russians.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Italians know about human nature - they understand
human nature perhaps better than anyone else does.
They know that people are weak and greedy and lazy
and dishonest and they just try to make the best of it;
to work around it.
- Donna Leon

You see how Spanish, Italians, Portuguese play football.
I don't say they are perfect, I say English football
has a few things to learn from them in the same way
they have a lot of things to learn from English football.
- Jose Mourinho

As they say in Italy, Italians were eating with a knife
and fork when the French were still eating each other.
The Medici family had to bring their Tuscan cooks up
there so they could make something edible.
- Mario Batali

Most Italians who came to this country are very patriotic.
There was this exciting possibility that if you worked real hard,
and you loved something, you could become successful.
- Francis Ford Coppola

The Italians always made good wine, but you had the
impression they were friendly guys in straw hats running
family vineyards with slaves or something so that the
vino was never more than ten bucks a bottle.
- Joe Bob Briggs

I think that we must come together progressively,
with the British, the Germans, the Spanish,
the Italians and with the new members of the European Union,
we must make an effort to forge closer links.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

I always knew that food and wine were vital,
with my mother being Italian and a good cook.
- Robert Mondavi

I do love Italian food.
Any kind of pasta or pizza.
My new pig out food is Indian food.
I eat Indian food like three times a week.
It's so good.
- Jennifer Love Hewitt

We are offering to the American public a line of delicious Italian-American foods.
They will be available through the Internet,
shopping networks and national store distribution.
- Rocco DiSpirito

I'm totally Italian, but I'm not a diva.
If you could see the way I'm dressed in daily life,
that's not a diva.
Appearances are so not important to me.
- Patti LuPone

What this White House really needs is a chief of staff
who can read Machiavelli in the original Italian.
- Mack McLarty

I have an Italian comedy at the Venice Film Festival.
- Robert Englund

The Communists at that moment were very strong in Italy,
and the Italian Communist Party was the biggest Communist
Party outside the Soviet Union.
- Giovanni Agnelli

The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American,
courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend.
- Katharine Hepburn

The Italian gangster thing has become a form of the modern-day Western.
- Armand Assante

The Italian prose tale had begun to exercise that influence
as early as Chaucer's time:
but circumstances and atmosphere were as yet unfavourable for its growth.
- George Saintsbury

If people are going to complain about stereotyping,
it's as likely to be Italian-Americans as gay people.
- Jason Bateman

There are lots of wonderful old Italian actors.
You don't need to take an Egyptian to play an Italian actor.
- Omar Sharif

When I was invited to sing with Pavarotti,
I had about two weeks to learn Italian.
- Michael Bolton

The crew, like all Italian crews, was generous,
warm, and enthusiastic.
- Barbara Steele

In fact, it is amazing how much European films -
French, German and English - have recovered a certain
territory of the audience in their countries over the last few years.
- Wim Wenders

Italian men do appreciate beautiful women.
They're not afraid of the beauty, which is nice.
- Eva Herzigova

In Italian there is an expression: We don't sleep on the fame.
- Donatella Versace

My father was an American who could cuss in Italian
and make an aria out of it.
It was wonderful to watch.
But then again, he was a Gemini.
I believe in that stuff.
- Dominic Chianese

I followed an Italian manager and it cannot be easy
when you follow a manager who thinks very differently.
- Jose Mourinho

My parents are Italian and British.
They live in Berkeley now - we all moved there four years ago.
- Claire Forlani

When I make an American movie it's going to come out
all over the world-it doesn't happen the same way for
an Italian film or a French film.
- Monica Bellucci

Sonnets are guys writing in English,
imitating an Italian song form.
It was a form definitely sung as often as it was recited.
- Steve Earle

The Italian economy is certainly the weakest of the big European countries.
- Romano Prodi

I have won on Honda and Yamaha so maybe it is interesting
to win with a third team,
Ducati, who are Italian.
- Valentino Rossi

Very few of the early Italian humanists were really humane.
- Irving Babbitt

Italian cameramen grow up immersed in an awareness of light.
It is part of their mythology.
- Barbara Steele

Life is too short, and I'm Italian.
I'd much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0.
- Sophia Bush

I'm going to do an adaptation of the Italian film,
Bread and Tulips.
I really like that film.
- Norman Jewison

Once you understand the foundations of cooking -
whatever kind you like,
whether it's French or Italian or Japanese -
you really don't need a cookbook anymore.
- Thomas Keller

In Italy, I had an Afro, and a lot of the kids came up and felt my hair.
It really was funny.
I wish I had understood Italian.
- Sugar Ray Leonard

Not unless I do all these ancient and Italian or French
or Baroque in the beginnning,
I do German.
- Victoria de los Angeles

BUT, in terms of attractiveness, speaking in terms
of physical aspects only I think that Argentinean,
Italian, Mexican, and Spanish men are among the most attractive men.
- Alicia Machado

My parents were both from extremely different backgrounds.
My father's Italian, my mother was of Swedish descent.
They're both first-generation Americans.
- Susan Lucci

I've played American, Italian, Greek,
I've been really lucky that way.
- Chita Rivera

Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
- H. L. Mencken

I think my favorite, and Coppola and that whole thing.
East coast Italian directors I guess.
- Anthony Michael Hall

Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady;
in English a deadly poison.
A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.
- Ambrose Bierce

We would certainly encourage the Italian government
to put forward an ambitious agenda of reform.
- Rodrigo Rato

The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or
six days later you're hungry again.
- George Miller

In my time, you needed to speak a little Italian,
and that was it.
- Juan Manuel Fangio

My favorite kitchen was the Japanese and the Italian kitchen.
- Karl Lagerfeld

Last night, two men tried to force my shutters.
I recognized them: they are two of Rodin's Italian models.
He told them to kill me.
I am in his way; he wants to get rid of me.
- Camille Claudel

I just signed to do my next book with Ecco Press,
a new primer or encyclopedia.
This will be my take on what classic Italian cooking is.
- Mario Batali

But Clint I love, because Clint was my mentor.
I knew nothing about making an Italian movie.
- Eli Wallach

Nearly all Italian officers speak French.
- Hugh Dalton

I prefer to live in the country where it's quiet.
Woody Allen movies there are dubbed into Italian.
- Patricia Highsmith

I think the set looks great.
It's kind of like Battlestar Galactica meets like the Italian furniture fair.
- Thom Filicia

And hey-the psychiatrist in the show is Italian also.
So people are going to focus on what they want to focus on.
There's not much you can do about that.
- Edie Falco

We were raised in an Italian-American household,
although we didn't speak Italian in the house.
We were very proud of being Italian,
and had Italian music,
ate Italian food.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Watching Italian opera, all those male sopranos screeching,
stupid fat couples rolling their eyes about.
That's not love, it's just rubbish.
- Peter Shaffer

For an Italian peasant a telegram from anywhere is a wondrous thing;
and a cable from the terrestrial paradise of America
is not lightly to be disregarded.
- Howard K. Smith

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