Italy, the Country where we have “The Permission to be Human.”

While America is the place for business, Italy is the place for beauty.  These authors have described the Italian way of life better than anyone.  Here are our favorite quotes about the land of Dante and Boccaccio, where one “doesn’t have to be someone, one can simply be”…

“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, English essayist.

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” – Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer.

“Thou Paradise of exiles, Italy!” -Percy Bysshe Shelley, English poet

“In America, one must be something, but in Italy one can simply be.” – Pietros Maneos, American poet

“Italy and the spring and the first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.” – Bertrand Russell, Welsh philosopher.

“I was offered a free villa in Hollywood, but I said no thank you, I prefer to live in Italy.” – Ennio Morricone, Italian composer