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VITTORIO ALFIERI
Italian tragic poet and dramatist
(1749 - 1803)

Deep, sombre vengeance is the daughter of deep silence.
      - [Vengeance]

Joy surfeited turns to sorrow.
      - [Joy]

The heart does not lie.
      - [Heart]

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.
      - [Silence]

Well does Heaven have care that no man secures happiness by crime.
      - [Crime]

Disgrace does not consist in the punishment, but in the crime.
  [It., Non nella pena,
    Nel delitto e la infamia.]
      - Antigone (I, 3) [Crime]

The guilty is he who meditates a crime; the punishment is his who lays the plot.
  [It., Il reo
    D'un delitto e chi'l pensa: a chi l' ordisce
      La pena spetta.]
      - Antigone (II, 2) [Crime]

First thoughts are not always the best.
  [It., Sempre il miglior non e il parer primiero.]
      - Don Garzia (III, 1) [Thought]

Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence.
  [It., Alta vendetta
    D'alto silenzio e figlia.]
      - La Congiura de' Pazzi (I, 1) [Silence]

Heaven takes care that no man secures happiness by crime.
  [It., Oh! ben provvide il cielo,
    Ch' uom per delitto mai lieto non sia.]
      - Oreste (I, 2) [Crime]

Ofttimes the test of courage becomes rather to live than to die.
  [It., Spesso e da forte,
    Piu che il morire, il vivere.]
      - Oreste (IV, 2) [Life]

For 'tis impossible
  Hate to return with love.
    [It., Che amar chi t'odia, ell'e impossibil cosa.]
      - Polinice (II, 4) [Love]

A usurper always distrusts the whole world.
  [It., Usurpator diffida
    Di tutti sempre.]
      - Polinice (III, 2) [Distrust]

I had seen the great, but I had not seen the small.
  [Fr., J'avais vu les grands, mais je n'avais pas vu les petits.]
      - Reason for Changing his Democratic Opinions
        [Change]

To err is human; but contrition felt for the crime distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked.
  [It., D'uomo e il fallir, ma dal malvagio il buono
    Scerne il dolor del fallo.]
      - Rosmunda (III, 1) [Repentance]

Where there are laws, he who has not broken them need not tremble.
  [It., Ove son leggi,
    Tremar non dee chi leggi non infranse.]
      - Virginia (II, 1) [Law]

Liars are always most disposed to swear.
  [It., A giurar presti i mentitor son sempre.]
      - Virginia (II, 3) [Lying]


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