VITTORIO ALFIERI QUOTES

Italian dramatist & poet (1749-1803)

Vittorio Alfieri quote

Disgrace does not consist in the punishment, but in the crime.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Antigone

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If ardent passions push not men on to lofty enterprise, calm wisdom never will accomplish it.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Timoleon

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A usurper always distrusts the whole world.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Polinice

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Fortune, until now kind to me, begins to wear a frowning face.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Merope

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There is a silence, the child of love, which expresses everything, and proclaims more loudly than the tongue is able to do; there are movements that are involuntary proofs of what the soul feels.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, attributed, Forty Thousand Quotations, Prose and Poetical

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Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Oreste

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Liars are always most disposed to swear.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Virginia

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To err is human; but contrition felt for the crime distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Rosmunda

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Where there are laws, innocence need not tremble.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Virginia

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Such return awaits thy passion as thy passion merits.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Rosmunda

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Alas, 'tis force alone that can compel to virtuous actions a degenerate people.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Timoleon

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Thou knowest not the endless artifices of a court. Invented crimes are often there alleged; but real ones, and those especially, which may offend his pride, are oftentimes not to a king divulged.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Agamemnon

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Sometimes blood, for the sake of sparing it, is spilled.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Timoleon

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I am here a stranger to all feasts but those of blood.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Agamemnon

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For one to grasp, whatever be his object, sov'reign power ... is an act of perilous presumption.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Timoleon

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Joy, when it is excessive, overcomes as much as grief.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Agamemnon

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That blood which thou hast spill'd, should join you closely in an eternal bond.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Rosmunda

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Necessity inspires the fatal thought.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Agamemnon

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A conquering king will banish from his breast hatred towards one whom he no longer fears.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, Agamemnon

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Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence.

VITTORIO ALFIERI, La Congiura de' Pazzi

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