Sunday, April 23, 2006

And they say there is no such thing as a Mediteranean Culture...


As far as I'm concerned, the Italians picked Silvio Berlusconi right out of the streets of Beirut! In a little segment titled "Silvio's Best Hits," TIME Magazine presented Berlusconi's most memorable quotes.

Enjoy:

ON HIS GOVERNMENT:
"We have worked a lot. Only Napoleon did more than me - but I am certainly taller than him.
ON HIS LEADERSHIP STYLE:
"I am the Jesus Christ of politics. I am a patient victim, I put up with everyone, I sacrifice myself for everyone."
ON THE ITALIAN JUDICIARY
"Those judges are doubly mad! In the first place, because they are politically mad, and in the second place, because they are mad anyway."
ON ITALY'S FASCIST DICTATOR BENITO MUSSOLINI
"Mussolini never killed anyone... [he] used to send people on vacation in internal exile."
and my personal favorite, ON THE PERKS OF INVESTING IN ITALY
"Italy is now a great country to invest in ... Today we have fewer communists, and those who are still there deny having been one. Another reason to invest in Italy is that we have beautiful secretaries ... superb girls."

5 comments:

Hassan said...

You missed one of my favorites:
"The political tradition of ancient thought, filtered in Italy by Machiavelli, says one thing clearly: every prince needs allies, and the bigger the responsibility, the more allies he needs. "

Lazarus said...

hehe. nice quotes! makes you wonder doesn't it.

Vox Populi - Agent Provocateur said...

Berlusconi's advice to Italians trying to escape poverty: "Do it my way and earn more money".

Mohamad said...

This is what you get from right-wingers.

carine said...

the bbc has a nice collection as well :)

i think berlusconi actually makes me appreciate lebanese politicians... some may be low on tact, but none (as of yet) has repeatedly damaged relations with allies through attempting to be clever/witty/wise...