Let’s take a look at famous Italian quotes or rather quotes from the famous Italians like Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Michelangelo, Anthony Prochia and even movie star Sophia Loren.

To quote Michelangelo: “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

So are all these wonderful quotes in this blog. I have gone through tons of quotes and I’ve painstakingly selected these gem myself. I don’t just cut-and-paste from other sites.

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And I don’t dump in every quotes here to waste my space and your precious time. I only want to share with you quotes and quotations which I personally truly understand, and those which are inspiring, profound and memorable.

So, let’s go through my favorite quotes about life by famous Italian.

“Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?” – Leonardo da Vinci (Italian draftsman, painter, sculptor, architect and engineer)

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.” – Galileo Galilei (Italian natural philosopher, astronomer and mathematician)

“Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.” – Sophia Loren (Italian film actress)

“A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” – Michelangelo (Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer)

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” – Eleanora Duse (Italian actress)

“I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received” – Antonio Porchia (Italian poet)

“I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will” – Antonio Gramsci (Italian intellectual, Politician and Founder of the Italian Communist Party)

“If you want things to stay as they are, things will have to change” – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (Italian Writer)

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” – St. Thomas Aquinas (Italian scholastic philosopher and theologian)

“Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.” – Vittorio Alfieri (Italian tragic poet)

“Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation … even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” – Galileo Galilei

“While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo

“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

“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

“Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” – Sophia Loren

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

“Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.” -Michelangelo

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