Vittorio Alfieri

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Ofttimes the test of courage becomes rather to live than to die.

Count Vittorio Alfieri (16 January 1749 – 8 October 1803) was an Italian dramatist, considered the "founder of Italian tragedy".

Quotes[edit]

Vittorio Alfieri, in Le opere di Vittorio Alfieri, 1809
Tragedie, 1866 edition
  • Volli, sempre volli, fortissimamente volli.
    • I wanted, I always wanted, I wanted so intensely.
    • Risposta dell'autore alla lettera di Ranieri de' Calzabigi, 1783
  • Non nella pena,
    Nel delitto è la infamia.
    • Disgrace does not consist in the punishment, but in the crime.
    • Antigone, I, 3; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 148.
  • Usurpator diffida
    Di tutti sempre.
    • A usurper always distrusts the whole world.
    • Polinice, III, 2; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 197.
  • A giurar presti i mentitor son sempre.
    • Liars are always most disposed to swear.
    • Virginia, II, 3; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 485.
  • Ove son leggi,
    Tremar non dee chi leggi non infranse.
    • Where there are laws, he who has not broken them need not tremble.
    • Virginia, II, 1; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 430.
  • J'avais vu les grands, mais je n'avais pas vu les petits.
    • I had seen the great, but I had not seen the small.
    • Reason for Changing his Democratic Opinions; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 93.
  • Alta vendetta
    D'alto silenzio è figlia.
    • Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence.
    • La Congiura de' Pazzi, I, 1; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 707.
  • D'uomo è il fallir, ma dal malvagio il buono
    Scerne il dolor del fallo.
    • To err is human; but contrition felt for the crime distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked.
    • Rosmunda, III, 1; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 665.
  • Sempre il miglior non è il parer primiero.
    • First thoughts are not always the best.
    • Don Garzia, III, 1; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 787.
  • Spesso è da forte,
    Più che il morire, il vivere.
    • Ofttimes the test of courage becomes rather to live than to die.
    • Oreste, IV, 2; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 440.
  • Che amar chi t'odia, ell'è impossibil cosa.
    • For 'tis impossible
      Hate to return with love.
    • Polinice, II, 4; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 464.

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