Italian Writer Quotes

107 Italian Writer quotes:

"The fear of failure is so great, it is no wonder that the desire to do right by one's children has led to a whole library of books offering advice on how to raise them."
"A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise."
"Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better."
"God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us."
"If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared."
"Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions."
"The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow."
"The wise man does at once what the fool does finally."
"I was told I would never make it because I'm too short. Well, I'm still too short. It doesn't matter what your height is, it's what's in your heart."
"As a writer, I've always been interested in others."
"But democracy isn't a state of perfection. It has to be improved, and that means constant vigilance."
"But I don't think I have any particular talent for prediction, because when you have three or four elements in hand, you don't have to be a genius to reach certain conclusions."
"I prefer insomnia to anaesthesia."
"The most important basis of any novel is wanting to be someone else, and this means creating a character."
"When you have a foreign invasion - in this case by the Indonesian army - writers, intellectuals, newspapers and magazines are the first targets of repression."
"Hence it comes about that all armed prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed prophets have been destroyed."
"Since it is difficult to join them together, it is safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking."
"A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example."
"Whoever conquers a free town and does not demolish it commits a great error and may expect to be ruined himself."
"The one who adapts his policy to the times prospers, and likewise that the one whose policy clashes with the demands of the times does not."

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