Top 111 Rome Quotes

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“Ben Rome was a perfectionist. He checked every letter that went out to make sure the English was correct.”

― A. James Clark

“I’m sure when they partied when Rome was burning, that was a really great party.”

― Adam McKay

“I just love Rome. It really does cast a spell on you.”

― Alec Baldwin

“Omaha, like Rome, is built on seven hills.”

― Alexander Payne

“In a sense, ‘Schmidt’ is the most Omaha of my films. But have I gotten it right? I’m not sure. Did Fellini get Rome right? Did Ozu get Tokyo right?”

― Alexander Payne

“Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi Museum is proof that Rome and contemporary architecture are no longer a paradox. The building is characteristic Hadid – with curving lines and organic shapes – and the permanent collection already boasts works by Francesco Clemente, William Kentridge, and Gerhard Richter.”

― Amanda Hearst

“Though it is perhaps expected for the bishop of Rome to warn against the idolatry of money, what is striking is how Francis suggests that not only God but also secular politics must outrank economic imperatives.”

― Anand Giridharadas

“Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.”

― Anatole Broyard

“If I’m in Rome for only 48 hours, I would consider it a sin against God to not eat cacio e pepe, the most uniquely Roman of pastas, in some crummy little joint where Romans eat. I’d much rather do that than go to the Vatican. That’s Rome to me.”

― Anthony Bourdain

“The story is also about the battle between Arthur and the Saxons. The Saxons were destroying everything they came across and Arthur was left when Rome was falling because this movie takes place in 400 A.D.”

― Antoine Fuqua

“I love watching ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Rome,’ and ‘Spartacus’ from the period dramas genre.”

― Ashish Sharma

“I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.”

― Augustus

“For, just as it has been said that there is no half-way house between Rome and Reason, so it may be said that there is no half-way house between State Socialism and Anarchism.”

― Benjamin Tucker

“Commuting in a wheelchair is not easy. I live in a very old part of Rome. These cobbles everywhere… terrible! In London, it is the same. Every pavement is uneven.”

― Bernardo Bertolucci

“What we need now is a Treaty of the World not a Treaty of Rome.”

― Bernie Ecclestone

“When in Rome, I must do as the Romans do. When in America, make Bikram copyright and trademark.”

― Bikram Choudhury

“They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, but I wasn’t on that particular job.”

― Brian Clough

“Are we like late Rome, infatuated with past glories, ruled by a complacent, greedy elite, and hopelessly powerless to respond to changing conditions?”

― Camille Paglia

“After spending eight years in Manchester, I received a very warm welcome to Turin. The people are very easy-going, in contrast to other parts of Italy such as Rome or Naples, where passions run much higher.”

― Carlos Tevez

“I write about times and places I would visit in a time machine, like ancient Rome or the Wild West.”

― Caroline Lawrence

“Back in Rome I did some acting lessons and I realised I loved it more than anything else I had ever done before.”

― Caterina Murino

“When I first met Sean Connery he was as charming and wonderful as I first anticipated. I left Rome thinking: even if I don’t do this, at least I have had a day with Sean.”

― Catherine Zeta-Jones

“I went to the Conservatory of Music in school in Rome.”

― Cecilia Bartoli

“The three most powerful and most apparent means used by Rome to retain her power over the minds of her votaries are Ignorance, Superstition, and Persecution.”

― Charles Spurgeon

“On the Italian side, we can trace the family back 2,000 years. I have a cousin in Rome, a famous archaeologist, Count Andrea Carandini, who was in Lombardy and came across some pottery with the original name of the family, Carandinus, painted on it.”

― Christopher Lee

“I like Italian movies. I was frequently there in the ’60s, in Rome and the vicinity. It was a great period in life. I was very influenced by their stuff.”

― Clint Eastwood

“There are some cities that I did take time out to study, ’cause I love history and one of them was Boston, and of course Rome and all of those places like that. But, in Syracuse or Rochester, or any of those places, no.”

― Connie Francis

“From the early Seventies to the mid-Eighties, I approached Rome at a snail’s pace. Having concluded that God existed, I could not seriously entertain the thought of not trying to be in contact with Him.”

― Conrad Black

“I recently had a few days off while shooting a movie in Budapest, so I took a cab from the set to the airport, looked at the departure board, and decided where I wanted to go right then and there. I spent four days in Rome and didn’t tell anyone I was going.”

― Cory Monteith

“Rome is my most favorite city, so I really enjoy to stay here and the whole tournament.”

― Daniela Hantuchova

“I wanted to go to Rome. I got an offer to do an Italian film and I went.”

― David Naughton

“The beauty of Rome is that you can wander into a pizzeria just about anywhere and get a real Italian pizza that’s thankfully worlds away from the Super Supreme I used to order at Pizza Hut as a kid.”

― Ed Stoppard

“Guys like Howard Stern, Bill O’Reilly, Jim Rome, Bill Maher, those are the guys I love and respect as broadcasters.”

― Eddie Trunk

“I thought I knew everything when I came to Rome, but I soon found I had everything to learn.”

― Edmonia Lewis

“I was practically driven to Rome in order to obtain the opportunities for art culture and to find a social atmosphere where I was not constantly reminded of my color. The land of liberty had no room for a colored sculptor.”

― Edmonia Lewis

“Slavery in West Africa, and in Rome and in the Mediterranean, was something different than slavery in America.”

― Edward Ball

“Rome is one of my favourite cities in the world.”

― Erin Heatherton

“The concept that flourished during the most glorious periods of republican Rome and that appeared in the Twelve Tables of the Law as one of the first, though as yet imperfect, affirmations of the rights of man, inspired the struggle between patricians and plebeians.”

― Ernesto Teodoro Moneta

“Moving from Rome to Brussels was hard.”

― Federica Mogherini

“When in Rome, do as you done in Milledgeville.”

― Flannery O’Connor

“Rome had Senators too, that’s why it declined.”

― Frank Dane

“I think there are two cities in the world – New York and Rome.”

― Frank McCourt

“I play Father Francis in ‘The Exorcist Prequel.’ It’s fantastic. We are shooting in Morrocco and Rome. Paul Schrader is directing; Stellan Skarsgard plays the younger Max Von Sydow character. It’s just a fantastic script. It’s a very eerie, very scary script. It encomposes a growing dread that I think is really appropriate for the film.”

― Gabriel Mann

“Humiliating events have a way of capturing the public’s imagination. So it has been since antiquity, when gladiators were pitted against each other and the legions of Spartacus were crucified in endless rows on the way to Rome.”

― Gary Weiss

“Rome holds my psyche in balance. Whenever I’m there, it’s like a holiday.”

― Giambattista Valli

“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.”

― Giotto di Bondone

“It was my proudest moment as a manager when England drew 0-0 with Italy in Rome to qualify for the World Cup finals. Fifteen years later, the stakes are equally high for both countries as they go head-to-head for a semi-final place at the European Championship.”

― Glenn Hoddle

“Accusations are made directly to Rome about theologians from persons who are not theologians. Some of these accusations are anonymous. The local bishop should be the one to relate to theologians to determine orthodoxy.”

― Godfried Danneels

“Rome was great in arms, in government, in law.”

― Goldwin Smith

“That Rome was comparatively great and wealthy is certain.”

― Goldwin Smith

“Rome is a place almost worn out by being looked at, a city collapsing under the weight of reference.”

― Graham Joyce

“We later moved to Rome, where I am presently living.”

― Grazia Deledda

“If we were living in ancient Rome or Greece, I would be considered sickly and unattractive. The times dictate that thin is better for some strange reason, which I think is foolish.”

― Gwyneth Paltrow

“My dad named me after Hannibal Barca, the Carthaginian general who attacked Rome. But nobody knows about him.”

― Hannibal Buress

“I remember the Curia said, that’s up to the American bishops, not up to Rome.”

― Hans Kung

“Unlike Milan, Italy’s banking capital, or Rome, its religious center, Florence was the place where the rich went to buy goods that would showcase how wealthy they were.”

― Hanya Yanagihara

“On the night of June 30, 1990, a minibus in which I was travelling was involved in a head-on collision on a road near Latina, in the region of Lazio, near Rome.”

― Harry Redknapp

“I graduated from Academy of Fashion and Costume Design in Rome. At first, I thought I was going to be a costume designer for films, and then I ended up working in fashion – not as a designer, but mostly as a model.”

― Isabella Rossellini

“In antiquity, there were three regions in southern Europe: Greece, Rome, and Ilyria. Albanian is the only survivor of the Ilyrian languages. That is why it has always intrigued the great linguists of the past.”

― Ismail Kadare

“Ancient Rome was a violent place.”

― James Purefoy

“Playing Mark Antony in ‘Rome’ will always be a favourite of mine because he was such an outrageously big and interesting character to play. Also, the fact that we were able, with that character, to find out and present the public with a biography of that man that had not been really seen before.”

― James Purefoy

“One week after moving to Rome, I started writing in my diary in Italian.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri

“I love Rome. I’m very happy there. I wasn’t in New York.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri

“The first persecution of the Church took place in the year 67, under Nero, the sixth emperor of Rome.”

― John Foxe

“Egypt gave birth to what later would become known as ‘Western Civilization,’ long before the greatness of Greece and Rome.”

― John Henrik Clarke

“Rome was not built in one day.”

― John Heywood

“For a century longer, Rome still retains its outward form, but the swarming nations are now in full career.”

― John Lothrop Motley

“Going after a part in Hollywood is like being a gladiator in ancient Rome. When it comes down to getting a role, you don’t have any friends, you’re incredibly competitive and any actor who tells you different is lying.”

― Jonathan Rhys Meyers

“The ecclesiastical system of Rome, and particularly its leaders, for a thousand years and more thought that the earth is fixed and that everything else revolves about it.”

― Joseph Franklin Rutherford

“I’m not sure whether it’s going to be the downfall of Rome – social media. There are too many secrets.”

― Judy Sheindlin

“I had rather be first in a village than second at Rome.”

― Julius Caesar

“From the very beginning, Americans have exhibited a taste for expansion, an appetite for empire. One of the fundamental reasons for this is very clear. Like every other western empire that has ever existed, Americans may claim to have inherited the mantle of ancient Rome.”

― Linda Colley

“Rome has grown since its humble beginnings that it is now overwhelmed by its own greatness.”

― Livy

“No women in ancient Rome ever had the vote.”

― Mary Beard

“The history of the Church of Rome is a constant leakage of members into such breakaway cults, which go on splitting.”

― Mary Douglas

“The fall of Rome seemed unthinkable to people at the time but inevitable to historians reflecting upon it with the benefit of context.”

― Mary Pilon

“MMA is like the Colosseum in Rome: the fans want to see violence.”

― Matt Riddle

“Italy will never be a normal country. Because Italy is Italy. If we were a normal country, we wouldn’t have Rome. We wouldn’t have Florence. We wouldn’t have the marvel that is Venice.”

― Matteo Renzi

“My worst moment in football was losing that Champions League final to Barca in Rome.”

― Michael Carrick

“When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.”

― Miguel de Cervantes

“Cardinal Raymond Burke is a 66-year-old guy who lives in Rome, dresses like Queen Elizabeth, and talks like someone who majored in misogyny at some bogus, backwoods, Bible-banging tent school.”

― Mike Barnicle

“I was born in London and raised in Rome until I was 4. Then we went back to London, where I went to school.”

― Naomi Campbell

“Even the most radical Islamic terrorist would not want to see the revered holy city of Medina go up. It would be like losing the Vatican in Rome.”

― Nelson DeMille

“Hercules King of Rome and of Annemark, three times one surnamed de Gaulle will lead, Italy and the one of St. Mark to tremble, first monarch, renowned above all.”

― Nostradamus

“Detroit’s industrial ruins are picturesque, like crumbling Rome in an 18th-century etching.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“There’s one thing that I like about Rome that was stated by Napoleon: that from sublime to pathetic is only one step away. And in Rome there’s a constant shifting between sublime and pathetic.”

― Paolo Sorrentino

“Rome is a city I love very much. I have lived there since I was a child.”

― Paolo Sorrentino

“I’m an immigrant – I’ve got to be in the city: London, Vienna, or Rome, but always a city.”

― Paul Bettany

“Rome has New York’s formlessness, aimlessness, a kind of hard-boiled sophistication, blase about everything. In their filmmaking, too, the Italians have this tongue-in-cheek sense of comedy.”

― Paul Morrissey

“I’ve lived in other cities – Rome, Dublin, Mexico City – but I was born in New York City, and I always lived in those other places as a New Yorker.”

― Pete Hamill

“There’s only one reason to be crucified under the Roman Empire, and that is for treason or sedition. Crucifixion, we have to understand, was not actually a form of capital punishment for Rome. In fact, it was often the case that the criminal would be killed first and then crucified.”

― Reza Aslan

“All the bad things that have ever happened to me have always happened in Rome.”

― Richard Burton

“Every one soon or late comes round by Rome.”

― Robert Browning

“It is a cliche these days to observe that the United States now possesses a global empire – different from Britain’s and Rome’s but an empire nonetheless.”

― Robert D. Kaplan

“Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome.”

― Robert De Niro

“Since the days of Greece and Rome, when the word ‘citizen’ was a title of honor, we have often seen more emphasis put on the rights of citizenship than on its responsibilities.”

― Robert Kennedy

“The American Republic was bound – is still bound – to follow in the centuries to come the same course to destruction as did Rome.”

― Robert W. Welch, Jr.

“In every city where there are two teams, the rivalry is very intense. Rome, Milan, everywhere – it’s very strong.”

― Roberto Mancini

“When in Rome, live as the Romans do; when elsewhere, live as they live elsewhere.”

― Saint Ambrose

“As a result of the historic catastrophe in which Titus of Rome destroyed Jerusalem and Israel was exiled from its land, I was born in one of the cities of the Exile.”

― Shmuel Yosef Agnon

“All things atrocious and shameless flock from all parts to Rome.”

― Tacitus

“In Italy, there are so many significant architectural structures in history such as the Pantheon in Rome, or the Duomo.”

― Tadao Ando

“The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign hands should be curtailed, lest Rome fall.”

― Taylor Caldwell

“About the time of the expulsion of the Tarquins from Rome, the Etruscan power had reached its height.”

― Theodor Mommsen

“If it was in the interest of Rome to extend her conquests towards the East, and to enter on the inheritance of Alexander the Great there in all its extent, the circumstances were never more favourable for doing so than in the year 716.”

― Theodor Mommsen

“The success of ‘Rome’ was in making the history accessible and giving viewers everyman characters through which they can connect to historical figures. It stops the story from being too remote.”

― Tobias Menzies

“’Rome’ plays on universal human emotions that hopefully people can relate to. Historians are always going to be offended by it.”

― Tobias Menzies

“Rome will exist as long as the Coliseum does; when the Coliseum falls, so will Rome; when Rome falls, so will the world.”

― Venerable Bede

“My first workshop was in Rome, and that was the start of House of Waris. In a little magical atelier, a goldsmith, his apprentice, his stone setter – and that was where it began.”

― Waris Ahluwalia

“Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what’s going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?”

― Will Rogers

“Only twice have I really had a hard time leaving a character. The first was my character in ‘Rome’ and then in ‘Homeland.’”

― Zuleikha Robinson
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