SPOTLIGHT ON… Italy, part 2 (Famous Quotes)

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They say a picture speaks a thousand words and never is this more true than in Italy. The majestic city of Rome in particular presented me with this very real difficulty—how to possibly find the words to describe a landscape so richly historic yet absolutely relevant and modern to today’s world, how to find the words to express the inviting and welcoming attitudes of the Italian people, how to find the words to describe how it feels to be the first person in your family for generations to visit the village of your ancestors… It is quite a challenge alas it is achievable. Here are some of my favourite quotes about Italy:

“First of all, let’s get one thing straight. Your Italy and our Italia are not the same thing. Italy is a soft drug peddled in predictable packages, such as hills in the sunset, olive groves, lemon trees, white wine, and raven-haired girls. Italia, on the other hand, is a maze. It’s alluring, but complicated. It’s the kind of place that can have you fuming and then purring in the space of a hundred meters, or in the course of ten minutes. Italy is the only workshop in the world that can turn out both Botticellis and Berlusconis.”
― Beppe Severgnini

“Watching Italians eat (especially men, I have to say) is a form of tourism the books don’t tell you about. They close their eyes, raise their eyebrows into accent marks, and make sounds of acute appreciation. It’s fairly sexy.”
― Barbara Kingsolver

“Remember that it’s only by going off the track that you get to know the country…And don’t, let me beg you, go with that awful tourist idea that Italy’s only a museum of antiquities and art. Love and understand the Italians, for the people are more marvelous than the land.”
― E.M. Forster

“If the landscape of human emotion were to exist in country, it would be in Italy.”
― Lisa Fantino

“But he is an Italian,” was Umberto’s sensible reply. “He doesn’t care if you break some law a little bit, as long as you wear beautiful shoes.”
Anne Fortier

“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

“And that is… how they are. So terribly physically all over one another. They pour themselves one over the other like so much melted butter over parsnips. They catch each other under the chin, with a tender caress of the hand, and they smile with sunny melting tenderness into each other’s face.”
– D.H. Lawrence

“I love the language, that soft bastard Latin,
Which melts like kisses from a female mouth,
And sounds as if it should be writ on satin
With syllables which breathe of the sweet south”
– George Gordon Noel Byron

“No poem was ever written by a drinker of water.”
Horace

“Life is too short, and I’m Italian. I’d much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0.”
Sophia Bush 

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