Italian quotes

  • I am officially Jewish, but I’m Jewish in the same way the Olive Garden is an Italian restaurant.
    -- A. J. Jacobs

    #Italian #Garden #Way

  • Mulberry Street was the beating heart of the Italian-American experience, but you don't find those gangsters now. I live with a bunch of yuppies and models.
    -- Abel Ferrara

    #Heart #Italian #Yuppies

  • I would like just one time to be on the cover of Italian Vogue.
    -- Adriana Lima

    #Italian #Vogue

  • I was born and raised in New York, but my family on both sides is of Italian descent.
    -- Aida Turturro

    #New York #Italian #Sides

  • In America most everybody who's Italian is half Italian. Except me. I'm all Italian. I'm mostly Sicilian, and I have a little bit of Neapolitan in me. You get your full dose with me.
    -- Al Pacino

    #Italian #America #Half

  • In Italian museums are sometimes found little painted screens that the priest used to hold in front of the face of condemned men to hide the scaffold from them.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Italian #Men #Museums

  • When an Italian tells me it's pasta on the plate, I check under the sauce to make sure.
    -- Alex Ferguson

    #Funny #Football #Italian

  • I can read more languages than I speak! I speak French and Italian - not very well, alas, but I can get by. I read German and Spanish. I can read Latin (I did a lot of Latin at school.) I'm afraid I do not speak any African languages, although I can understand a little bit of the Zulu-related languages, but only a tiny bit.
    -- Alexander McCall Smith

    #Latin #School #Italian

  • I always wanted 'Sideways' to be like a great 1960s Italian film.
    -- Alexander Payne

    #Italian #Film #Sideways

  • There are many actors who have inspired me: Spencer Tracy for his incredible elegance and, of course, Cary Grant. But, there's also an Italian actor I admire a great deal: Alberto Sordi.
    -- Alfred Molina

    #Italian #Actors #Inspired

  • It was impossible for me to believe that conditions in Europe could be worse than they were in the Polish section of Chicago, and in many Italian and Irish tenements, or that any workshops could be worse than some of those I had seen in our foreign quarters.
    -- Alice Hamilton

    #Believe #Italian #Europe

  • I have my mother who is an Irish-Italian, and my father who is African, so I have the taste buds of an Italian and the spice of an African.
    -- Alicia Keys

    #Mother #Father #Italian

  • BUT, in terms of attractiveness, speaking in terms of physical aspects only I think that Argentinean, Italian, Mexican, and Spanish men are among the most attractive men.
    -- Alicia Machado

    #Italian #Men #Thinking

  • I've spent some time working with a non-Italian designer; I've been helping him organize fashion shows, the advertising, also helping with the creative part. But the great part about this work is that I am no one!
    -- Allegra Versace

    #Fashion #Italian #Creative

  • Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Beautiful #Italian #Two

  • ZANY, n. A popular character in old Italian plays, who imitated with ludicrous incompetence the _buffone_, or clown, and was therefore the ape of an ape; for the clown himself imitated the serious characters of the play. The zany was progenitor to the specialist in humor, as we to-day have the unhappiness to know him. In the zany we see an example of creation; in the humorist, of transmission. Another excellent specimen of the modern zany is the curate, who apes the rector, who apes the bishop, who apes the archbishop, who apes the devil.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Character #Italian #Play

  • Ladies like improv stilts, and I think men like improv giant cocks. But one of the great things about improv is that you get to play some roles you'd never get to play otherwise, you know, like the old Italian pizza-maker who's passing on the business down to his son. You get to play it all when you improvise.
    -- Amy Poehler

    #Son #Thinking #Italian

  • I love eating shabu-shabu in Japan - a kind of beef hotpot. But if you're talking about authentic, traditional food, then Italian cooking is one of the best in the world.
    -- Andrea Bocelli

    #Italian #Japan #Talking

  • Socially, Philadelphia was still a fairly provincial city, its business community governed by the mores of the Main Line. Politically, it was a cauldron of ethnic rivalries, dominated by competing Irish and Italian constituencies.
    -- Andrea Mitchell

    #Italian #Cities #Philadelphia

  • He [Paolo Sarpi] was one of the two foremost Italian statesmen since the Middle Ages, the other being Cavour .
    -- Andrew Dickson White

    #Italian #Two #Age

  • Shevchenko is the best attacker in Europe. He has a great deal of consistency and he just keeps scoring - which in Italian football is very difficult. He is a complete player, someone who can do everything on a football field
    -- Andriy Shevchenko

    #Football #Italian #Player

  • A president from a partner nation should not make comments on Italian politics.
    -- Anibal Cavaco Silva

    #Italian #President #Should

  • And when her biographer says of an Italian woman poet, 'during some years her Muse was intermitted,' we do not wonder at the fact when he casually mentions her ten children.
    -- Anna Garlin Spencer

    #Children #Italian #Years

  • I love the simplicity, the ingredients, the culture, the history and the seasonality of Italian cuisine. In Italy people do not travel. They cook the way grandma did, using fresh ingredients and what is available in season.
    -- Anne Burrell

    #Grandma #Italian #People

  • 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. Are you wearing beautiful shoes? Are you wearing the shoes I gave you?...principessa?" I looked down at my flip-flops. "I guess I'm toast.
    -- Anne Fortier

    #Beautiful #Italian #Law

  • The school even had a Latin motto: Pergo et Perago, which sounded like the story of two Italian cannibals but which actually meant “I try and I achieve.
    -- Anthony Horowitz

    #Latin #School #Italian

  • I think my favorite, and Coppola and that whole thing. East coast Italian directors I guess.
    -- Anthony Michael Hall

    #Italian #Thinking #Directors

  • All the suits I buy have to be tailored, no matter what. But it's not just because of my height; it's because I've been skating for so long. My waist is very small, but my legs are just huge. Most really nice suit makers are Italian, and usually they make suit pants for Italian men. I'm like, 'Those Italians must have pretty skinny legs.'
    -- Apolo Ohno

    #Nice #Italian #Men

  • I hate the opera. I think I must have a tin ear. No matter how hard I concentrate it still sounds like a bunch of Italian chefs screaming risotto recipes at each other.
    -- Aristotle Onassis

    #Hate #Italian #Thinking

  • The Italian gangster thing has become a form of the modern-day Western
    -- Armand Assante

    #Italian #Modern #Form

  • I like the idea of a love story between men. There is a great affection between men, which exists much more in ethnic groups: Latin, Italian, Jewish.
    -- Arne Glimcher

    #Latin #Italian #Men

  • I had a good mind to discontinue permanently the supply of grain to the city, reliance on which had discouraged Italian agriculture, but refrained because some politician would be bound one day to revive the dole as a means of ingratiating himself with the people.
    -- Augustus

    #Mean #Italian #Cities

  • Italian cameramen grow up immersed in an awareness of light. It is part of their mythology.
    -- Barbara Steele

    #Growing Up #Italian #Light

  • The crew, like all Italian crews, was generous, warm, and enthusiastic.
    -- Barbara Steele

    #Italian #Crew #Enthusiastic

  • So gradually, and then I had an Italian roadster that I built, it took me five years to build it, it was stolen from me and stripped. I said, well maybe we should have another where we shouldn't steal from each other.
    -- Barry McGuire

    #Italian #Years #Stealing

  • Fuehrer, we are on the march! Victorious Italian troops crossed the Greco-Albanian frontier at dawn today!
    -- Benito Mussolini

    #War #Italian #Dawn

  • Nowadays I actually cook Italian-style food more than French heavy sauces. I make a good salad, some great roasted vegetables, grilled fish. Im crazy about L.A. because at the farmers market you find all kinds of wild mushrooms.
    -- Benjamin Millepied

    #Crazy #Italian #Vegetables

  • Women react differently: a French woman who sees herself betrayed by her husband will kill his mistress; an Italian will kill her husband; a Spaniard will kill both; and a German will kill herself.
    -- Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle

    #Husband #Italian #Mistress

  • English dialogues are always just what you need and nothing more - like something out of Hemingway. In Italian and in French, dialogues are always theatrical, literary. You can do more with it.
    -- Bernardo Bertolucci

    #Italian #Needs #Dialogue

  • I really enjoyed playing Vinny Vedecci, the Italian talk show host. He was the first character I ever came up with where I gave him a name and a way of dressing.
    -- Bill Hader

    #Character #Italian #Names

  • My outlook on warfare is best illustrated by a cartoon I did some thirty-odd years ago of a soldier in an Italian foxhole reading about the Normandy invasion and observing to his buddy that: "The hell this ain't the most important hole in the world . I'm in it.
    -- Bill Mauldin

    #Reading #Italian #Years

  • I think because both of my parents were essentially salespeople, and Italian-Americans, I always seemed to get along with people; I had a knack of finding something to talk about.
    -- Bob Colacello

    #Italian #Thinking #People

  • If I spoke Italian, I'd be in Italy in a minute. I love the food, I love the way people live there. I mean, it really is my idea of paradise.
    -- Bonnie Bedelia

    #Mean #Italian #Ideas

  • I grew up in a very old-fashioned Roman Catholic, Italian-Irish family in Philly.
    -- Bradley Cooper

    #Italian #Catholic #Irish Family

  • I'd like to have any sort of Mexican or Italian food any time of the day!
    -- Brenda Song

    #Italian #Mexican #Italian Food

  • My grandma used to plant tomato seedlings in tin cans from tomato sauce & puree & crushed tomatoes she got from the Italian restaurant by her house, but she always soaked the labels off first. I don't want them to be anxious about the future, she said. It's not healthy.
    -- Brian Andreas

    #Grandma #Italian #House

  • I can't even spell spaghetti never mind talk Italian. How could I tell an Italian to get the ball - he might grab mine.
    -- Brian Clough

    #Italian #Mind #Balls

  • I am not 100% English, I am actually part Italian and even part Hungarian. Therefore I feel very much part of Europe both in my upbringing and outlook.
    -- Bruce Bennett

    #Italian #Europe #Outlook

  • There's no genetic basis for any kind of rigid ethnic or racial classification. . . I'm always asked is there Greek DNA or an Italian gene, but, of course, there isn't. . . . We're very closely related.
    -- Bryan Sykes

    #Italian #Race #Dna

  • What the altar-bound of today end up buying from their numberless vendors is a dog's breakfast of bridal excess - part society wedding of the twenties, part Long Island Italian wedding of the fifties. It's The Philadelphia Story and The Wedding Singer served up together in one curious and costly buffet.
    -- Caitlin Flanagan

    #Dog #Italian #Islands

  • Given the clientele, the restaurants on Capri might resemble those fancy Northern Italian places on the East Side of Manhattan where the captain has taken bilingual sneering lessons from the maitre d' at the French joint down the street and the waiter, whose father was born in Palermo, would deny under torture that tomato sauce has ever touched his lips.
    -- Calvin Trillin

    #Father #Taken #Italian

  • Last night, two men tried to force my shutters. I recognized them: they are two of Rodin's Italian models. He told them to kill me. I am in his way; he wants to get rid of me.
    -- Camille Claudel

    #Italian #Night #Men

  • The first wine I drank, a Chateau Haut-Brion, I was 22, it was my first glass of wine, and I discovered voluptuousness. From there, I started tasting French wines, then Spanish wines, then Italian wines.
    -- Carole Bouquet

    #Wine #Italian #Glasses

  • A Frenchwoman, when double-crossed, will kill her rival; the Italian woman would rather kill her deceitful lover; the Englishwoman simply breaks off relations-but they all will console themselves with another man.
    -- Charles Boyer

    #Italian #Men #Rivals

  • I have sat through an Italian opera, til, for sheer pain, and inexplicable anguish, I have rushed out into the noisiest places of the crowded street, to solace myself with sounds which I was not obliged to follow and get rid of the distracting torment of endless, fruitless, barren attention!
    -- Charles Lamb

    #Music #Pain #Italian

  • I'm very proud of being Italian-American, but people don't realize that the mafia is just this aberration. The real community is built on the working man, the guy who's the cop, the fireman, the truck driver, the bus driver.
    -- Chazz Palminteri

    #Real #Italian #Men

  • My mother and father told me I was god. I was a good Italian boy who hung out with the same four guys. I was a little god.
    -- Chazz Palminteri

    #Mother #Father #Italian

  • Italian-Americans are not the Mafia.
    -- Chazz Palminteri

    #Italian #Mafia #Italian American

  • Im Jewish and Italian, and I lucked out and got the nose of both cultures.
    -- Chelsea Peretti

    #Italian #Culture #Noses

  • Chris [Kattan] and Will [Ferrell] and I all went out – I don’t want to say where, because it’s a famous restaurant and it’s Italian-owned and I don’t want any trouble. But I ended up throwing up all night from food poisoning. All the blood vessels in my eyes were broken, and the blood vessels in my face. I did not sleep. I walked into the audition and the makeup person said, ‘Oh my God, what happened to you?’ I looked like I was in a car accident.
    -- Cheri Oteri

    #Sleep #Eye #Italian

  • The English language is direct, unapologetic, and wonderfully amoral. Italian has a beautiful sound, but you cannot help but feel that you are always dealing with ghosts from the past and the looming dark presence of the Vatican.
    -- Chiara Barzini

    #Beautiful #Dark #Italian

  • I've played American, Italian, Greek, French. I've been really lucky that way.
    -- Chita Rivera

    #Italian #Greek #Way

  • You can learn Elvish, if you want. It's a language like Italian and English. You can learn to read it, you can learn to write it, and you can learn to speak it.
    -- Christopher Lee

    #Inspirational #Writing #Italian

  • My parents are Italian and British. They live in Berkeley now - we all moved there four years ago.
    -- Claire Forlani

    #Italian #Years #Parent

  • I always thought the biggest failing of Americans was their lack of irony. They are very serious there! Naturally, there are exceptions... the Jewish, Italian, and Irish humor of the East Coast.
    -- Colin Firth

    #Italian #East #Serious

  • I was gearing up for it. I took some singing lessons. And I opened my mouth, and Atom promptly said, 'That's not going to happen. We love your voice, but maybe we could use some of your English wit.' He had doubts about it from way back. For starters, we weren't going to be doing the Italian-American crooning thing.
    -- Colin Firth

    #Love You #Italian #Voice

  • There wasn't much around. After the shows, we would go to an Italian restaurant that a friend of ours owned and so I didn't get a chance to see much. Actually, that holds true of most places I've been.
    -- Connie Francis

    #True Friend #Italian #Chance

  • I just remembered songs my grandmother taught me, and songs that I learned for the recordings. But, then I learned to speak Italian. When I was there, I hired a professor who stayed with me 24 hours a day. She wouldn't let me speak a word of English.
    -- Connie Francis

    #Song #Grandmother #Italian

  • I love being Italian.
    -- Connie Stevens

    #Italian #Love Is #Being Italian

  • I’m a sucker for this stuff. The @ is called chiocciola (snail) in Italian! The & was once taught as a letter of the alphabet! The manicule has been with us for a millennium! Thank you, Keith Houston, for bringing these little mysteries out of the shadows of typographic history.
    -- Constance Hale

    #Italian #Shadow #Houston

  • Noel [Charles, husband] and I love cooking. He does his cooking and I do mine. I'm the traditional English cook, with a twist now and then. Because I was married to an Italian, I'm also pretty good at Italian food. Noel, he can cook anything, so can Julian.
    -- Cynthia Lennon

    #Husband #Italian #Cooking

  • Then I realized my early work did have something special that audiences adored apart from what I humbly thought about them. They occupy a distinguished niche in Italian film history and probably always will.
    -- Dario Argento

    #Italian #Special #Niche

  • We thought the church had withdrawn from interfering in Italian politics... but instead there is a terrible resurgence. These are ugly signs for freedom of expression.
    -- Dario Fo

    #Italian #Expression #Church

  • I came to think that nobody from England could draw American comic books, because they were clearly all done by this sort of Mafia, all these guys with Italian and Irish names who had the whole thing sewn up. It was actually seeing a comic book drawn by Barry Smith, who was about my age, and English.
    -- Dave Gibbons

    #Book #Italian #Thinking

  • I have a profound admiration for Fellini. I met him lately and he's just fantastic. I feel very close to him even though he's very Italian. But his films could have been made in every country. When I say, I feel close to him, then also because we're both born on January 20th.
    -- David Lynch

    #Country #Italian #Profound

  • I also believe I met William Gaddis once. He did not look Italian.
    -- David Markson

    #Believe #Italian #Looks

  • I wanted to go to Rome. I got an offer to do an Italian film and I went.
    -- David Naughton

    #Italian #Rome #Film

  • I think that my interpretation of Italian was a lot more southern than what my husband cooks. You know, I grew up in Queens and in Brooklyn, and we - really, it's more southern. It's Naples and Sicily. It's heavier. It's over-spiced. And like most Americans, I thought spaghetti and meatballs was genius.
    -- Debi Mazar

    #Queens #Husband #Italian

  • As a matter of fact, I've been to Italy many times before I met my husband, which he can't even imagine that I could possibly know anything about Italian food. But, you know, Italian food's really basic, and there's so many different variations on it that what my husband did is he broke it down for me.
    -- Debi Mazar

    #Husband #Italian #Matter

  • Usually I wear my grandma's old aprons, or others I have collected in my travels. When I was young, I would sit and watch my grandma prepare stuff. She wasn't Italian, but she did really good Italian food.
    -- Debi Mazar

    #Grandma #Italian #Watches

  • Any woman who marries an Italian must accept the undeniable fact that she has also married his mother.
    -- Diane Cilento

    #Mother #Italian #Facts

  • When I am walking in Central Park, I recognize the Italians. Because an Italian, even when he jogs, he's dressed perfect.
    -- Diego Della Valle

    #Italian #Central Park #Perfect

  • Businessmen should not put their finger in politics, because they tend to think only of their own self-interest. But I worry about the low morale in Italian industry and the lack of government initiatives to help the poor.
    -- Diego Della Valle

    #Thinking #Italian #Government

  • Italian style is a natural attitude. It is about a life of good taste. It doesn't have to be expensive. Simple but with good taste. Luxury is possible to buy. Good taste is not.
    -- Diego Della Valle

    #Attitude #Italian #Simple

  • I love and admire the American culture and the American dream. I learnt so many things about the American shoe industry and marketing strategies. I caught the secrets of American casual wear, that is elegant and wearable, retro and modern, and mixed it with an Italian touch, luxurious and handmade.
    -- Diego Della Valle

    #Dream #Italian #Shoes

  • My father was an American who could cuss in Italian and make an aria out of it. It was wonderful to watch. But then again, he was a Gemini. I believe in that stuff.
    -- Dominic Chianese

    #Father #Believe #Italian

  • I tried to become a family man. I got married, but it didn't work out. After 22 months we got an annulment. Then I married an Italian girl, which resulted in an immediate annulment. I had two annulments by the time I was 23.
    -- Dominic Chianese

    #Girl #Italian #Men

  • I had no idea what they were saying in Italian as a child, they spoke too quickly on the radio. But I realized that language was very funny.
    -- Dominic Chianese

    #Children #Italian #Ideas

  • In Italian there is an expression: We don't sleep on the fame.
    -- Donatella Versace

    #Sleep #Italian #Expression

  • Venetians feel affection and loyalty to their city, rather than to the Italian state.
    -- Donna Leon

    #Loyalty #Italian #Cities

  • The fellows who amuze me are the Albanians. An Albanian on the mash is almost exactly like the medieval swells of the Italian frescoes & the first ones we met quite startled us. They wear the tight-fitting trunk hose made of woolen stuff hooked up the back of the leg. It is white with long black stripes of embroidery down the leg & at the top in front the shirt is pulled through slashes. They are long slim chaps with dandy little moustaches & are most theatrical in effect.
    -- Edith Durham

    #Italian #White #Long

  • An unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences.
    -- Edith Wharton

    #Music #Artist #Italian

  • The school was nothing but reminiscence - of an Italian hill town, a French abbey, an English academy, the different sources improbably but convincingly melded into a fantasy about the classic sites of Europe as imagined by exiles from cold peripheral lands, nostalgia about somebody else's past.
    -- Edmund White

    #School #Italian #Past

  • The Prelude to Tristan and Isolde reminds me of the old Italian painting of a martyr whose intestines are slowly unwound from his body on a reel.
    -- Eduard Hanslick

    #Italian #Body #Painting

  • But Clint I love, because Clint was my mentor. I knew nothing about making an Italian movie.
    -- Eli Wallach

    #Italian #Mentor

  • Theres nothing more romantic than Italian food.
    -- Elisha Cuthbert

    #Italian #Italian Food

  • I also want to go to an Italian island and do cuisine properly with some famous Italian chef and, like, his mother.
    -- Elizabeth Olsen

    #Mother #Italian #Islands

  • I love places that have an incredible history. I love the Italian way of life. I love the food. I love the people. I love the attitudes of Italians.
    -- Elton John

    #Attitude #Italian #People

  • The German soldier has impressed the world, however the Italian Bersagliere soldier has impressed the German soldier.
    -- Erwin Rommel

    #Italian #Soldier #World

  • I especially love French, Italian and Japanese cuisines.
    -- Eva Herzigova

    #Italian #French Love #Cuisine