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Artists’ Quotes

A few quotes on Italy

“The Creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo.” –Mark Twain

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind” –Seneca



”Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building after seeing Italy.” –Fanny Burney

“Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.” –Bertrand Russell


”What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago.” –Erica Jong

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” –Giuseppe Verdi






”Even now I miss Italy dearly, I dream about it every night.” –Eila Hiltunen



”Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” –Truman Capote



”For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery, back, back down the old ways of time. Strange and wonderful chords awake in us, and vibrate again after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness.” –-D.H. Lawrence

“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” –Anna Akhmatova

“A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see.” –Samuel Johnson

“It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.” –Erica Jong

“Methinks I will not die quite happy without having seen something of that Rome of which I have read so much.” –Sir Walter Scott

White swan of cities slumbering in thy nest . . .
White phantom city, whose untrodden streets
Are rivers, and whose pavements are the shifting
Shadows of the palaces and strips of sky.”
 –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“I wept to see the land so very fair.” — Lord Byron