(Prince Metternich (1773-1859), Austrian statesman. letter, Nov. 19, 1849. Memoirs, vol. 7 (1883).
The Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck used the same term, in a marginal comment on a letter of Nov. 1876, to the Russian Chancellor Gorchakov: "Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong: it is a geographical expression.")
A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.
(Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, April 11, 1776 (1791).
Said over supper with James Boswell and the Corsican patriot Pasquale Paoli.)
It's easy to understand why the most beautiful poems about England in the spring were written by poets living in Italy at the time.
(Philip Dunne (1908-1992), U.S. screenwriter, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Miles Fairley (George Sanders), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947).
To Mrs. Muir during a spring shower. From the novel by R.A. Dick.)