Quotes by Indro Montanelli

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It isn't necessary to be socialists in order to love Pertini. Whatever he says or does, smells of cleanliness, of loyalty and of sincerity. more...

Also we Italians have something to Elvis Presley: to offer one of the rare occasions when we prefer to be Italian rather than American. more...

Certainly, for a newspaper director, to have within arm's reach a Travaglio, about whom every starring actor, supporting cast and extra of Italian political life he is ready upon cold request to provide an inquiry brief refined in the most minute details is a nice comfort. But also a bit unsettling. The day I asked him if in that archive, into which no one is allowed to stick their nose, there were a brief with my name on it, Marco changed the subject. more...

Which ever one of you will want to become a journalist, let him remember to choose his own master: the reader. more...

Italian husbands, in order to buy their wives a fur, spend more than all their European collegues. more...

Politicians do nothing but ask of us, during every expiration of a legal statute, "a gesture of trust." But here trust is not enough; what's needed is an act of faith. more...

I have never dreamt of contesting the Church her right to remain faithful to herself, meaning to the commandments that come from Doctrine... but that she expects to impose these commandments upon me who do not have the good fortune of being a believer, trying to pour them into civil law in a way that they become obligatory even to us non-believers, is it right? To me it doesn't seem so. more...

Democracy is always, by nature and constitution, the triumph of mediocrity. more...

Depression is a democratic sickness: it afflicts everyone. more...

[Addressed to Berlusconi who wanted to impose himself on the editorial style of "Il Giornale"] In the art of entrepeneurship, you are certainly a genius, and I an asshole. But in the art of argument the genius is me, and you the asshole. more...

Pertini has interpreted as their best the worst about Italians. more...

A real writer [...] looks not in another writer but himself. more...

Servitude, in many cases, is not forced upon by the masters, but a temptation of the servants. more...

I know many crooks and they never preach, but I don't know anyone who preaches that isn't a crook also. more...

Cynics are all moralists, and merciless too. more...

Men do not know how to appreciate and measure luck except that of others. Their own never. more...

The nice thing about political pundits is that, when they answer a question, one no longer understands what they were asked. more...

The love of power excludes all others. more...

Fascism rewarded jackasses in uniform. Democracy gives priviliges to those in sports' gear. In Italy, political regimes come to pass. The jackasses remain. Triumphant. more...

The only advice that I'm in the mood to give - and that I give regularly - to young people is this: fight for what you believe in. You will lose, just like I have lost, all the battles. But only one you may win. The one that you engage every morning, in front of the mirror. more...

An Italian university is a contradiction in terms. more...

You give Italy Jesus Christ and you get the Roman Catholic Church. more...

No, Travaglio kills no one. With a knife. He uses a weapon much more refined and unendictable in court: the archive. more...

Politicians do nothing but ask of us, during every expiration of a legal statute, a gesture of trust. But here trust is not enough; what's needed is an act of faith. more...

Let not the usual abstract arguments be brought to me, like the sacredness of life: no one contests the right of everyone to arrange their own life, I don't see why their own death has to be contested. more...

In the art of entrepeneurship, you are certainly a genius, and I an asshole. But in the art of argument the genius is me, and you the asshole. more...

When a nice quote comes to mind, I always attribute it to Montesquieu, or to La Rochefoulcauld. They've never complained. more...

This isn't the Right, this is the billy-club. Italians don't know how to go Right without ending up in the billy-club. more...

This isn't a romanticized biography. It's a biography period. If here and there it resembles a romantic novel, the credit is only Garibaldi's, not his potrayers. more...

A country that ignores its own yesterday, of which it knows absolutely nothing and doesn't cure itself of knowing nothing, can't have a tomorrow. more...

A real writer looks not in another writer but himself. more...

We must get it through to our heads that the fight against corruption is done in one way only: by changing the Italians, not by changing political parties. Political parties, even the new ones, corrupt themselves, it's inevitable. more...


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