Italian quotes

Enrico Caruso’s quote about the San Francisco earthquake of 1906

April 14, 2011

Enrico Caruso (1873 – 1921) a great Italian tenor is credited with one particular quote that I have not been able to authenticate thus far. In fact, I could not even locate an Italian version, but it is, of course, possible, that Caruso said this in English. Supposedly, after the singer had witnessed the devastation […]

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Italian and Latin — closer than you might think!

March 14, 2011

This curious piece of poetry, attributed to Butturini di Salò, demonstrates the affinity that still exists between Classical Latin and modern Italian. The poem reads perfectly well, both in Latin and Italian, with very much the same sense. Te saluto, alma Dea, Dea generosa, O gloria nostra, o veneta regina! In procelloso turbine funesto Tu […]

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Italian government – insider’s insight

January 16, 2011

Although this phrase is sometimes attributed to Benito Mussolini, it was most likely uttered by Giovanni Giolitti (1842 –1928), an Italian statesman who served as Prime Minister of Italy five times. Supposedly, when asked by a journalist whether it was impossible to rule Italy, Giolitti replied, “It is not impossible. It is useless.” For many […]

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Perugina baci – Italian kisses for Valentine’s day

January 5, 2011

The trademark blue color of Perugina chocolates will for sure stand out among the usual red gamut of Valentine’s day candy! “Baci” means “kisses” and the taste of Perugina is suitably sensuous and sweet. Each Baci chocolate comes wrapped in a love note written in four languages, describing the wonderful and often tumultuous course of […]

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Italian love phrases and quotes

January 3, 2011

These Italian quotes and phrases about love and beauty are taken from “A dictionary of foreign phrases and classical quotations” by Hugh Percy Jones. Note that in many cases the spelling conforms to old or regional rules. Several of these romantic quotations come from popular poetic works, the rest are merely common sayings. You may […]

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Il carnevale finisce male

December 22, 2010

This is a great phrase that can be used in a variety of settings. None of them particularly good, I think :)

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