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Great Quotes from Italian Artists and Thinkers

From the Roman Empire to the Renaissance to the modern day, Italy's history is rich and illustrious. What could we learn from the Italian culture? Below is a collection of great quotes from Italian artists and thinkers.
"It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes." Thomas of Aquinas

"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." Marcus Aurelius

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." Michelangelo

"Pride, envy, avarice - these are the sparks have set on fire the hearts of all men." Dante

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." Galileo Galilei

"It is not bright colors but good drawing that makes figures beautiful." Titian

"Experience is what you get while looking for something else." Federico Fellini

"Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are." Niccolo Machiavelli

"Genius is eternal patience." Michelangelo 

"The things that we love tell us what we are." Thomas of Aquinas

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." Marcus Aurelius

"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." Leonardo da Vinci

"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself." Galileo Galilei

"I love to doubt as well as know." Dante 

"It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both." Niccolo Machiavelli

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