Artists' Quotes

A few quotes on Italy

"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

"The Creator made Italy from designs by Michelangelo." --Mark Twain

"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 

"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