Italian Writer Quotes


107 Italian Writer quotes:



"Tomorrow is not promised to any of us."
"Men ought either to be indulged or utterly destroyed, for if you merely offend them they take vengeance, but if you injure them greatly they are unable to retaliate, so that the injury done to a man ought to be such that vengeance cannot be feared."
"Not only is our love for our children sometimes tinged with annoyance, discouragement, and disappointment, the same is true for the love our children feel for us."
"Before all else, be armed."
"He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command."
"There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless."
"One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others."
"It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved."
"It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver."
"A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair."
"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things."
"The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it."
"It is necessary for him who lays out a state and arranges laws for it to presuppose that all men are evil and that they are always going to act according to the wickedness of their spirits whenever they have free scope."
"A monoculture is not only Hollywood, but Americans trying to export democracy."
"I don't think you can in any way export culture with guns or tanks."
"I left the ending ambiguous, because that is the way life is."
"I remember being young in the 1960s... we had a great sense of the future, a great big hope. This is what is missing in the youth today. This being able to dream and to change the world."
"Play reaches the habits most needed for intellectual growth."
"Punishment may make us obey the orders we are given, but at best it will only teach an obedience to authority, not a self-control which enhances our self-respect."
"Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art rather than a science."


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