Totò’s quotes

Here is a list of Totò’s most famous phrases.

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Totò's quote: from “siamo uomini o caporali”

His famous motto ‘we are either men or corporals’ was due to the fact that, during the First World War, Totò was drafted into the infantry regiment and there he had to endure constant abuse and humiliation from a graduating officer. He himself declared that the phrase was not a joke but was his way of dividing the world: on one side the men and on the other the corporals. And for Totò, there were many corporals in the world while there were very, very few real men.

Totò's quote: from “Signori si nasce”

Gentlemen were born and I was born, modestly!

Totò - da "Signori si nasce"

Totò's quote: from “47 morto che parla”

And I pay! And I pay!

Totò - da "47 morto che parla"

More famous phrases by Totò

Give me a break' and '...trifles, trifles, trifles!

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Moreover, a phrase by Totò that has gone down in history, which best expresses his thoughts and sensibility, regarding the question of his noble title, is:

I cherish my title of nobility because it belongs to me alone... Come to think of it, my real title of nobility is Totò. With the Imperial Highness I haven't even fried an egg. Whereas I've been eating with Totò since I was twenty. Do you understand?

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Another famous phrase by Totò, in relation to his artistic and comic talent is:

It is not an easy thing to be a comedian, it is the hardest thing there is, the dramatic is easier, the comedian is not; in fact, in the world comedians can be counted on one's fingers, while there are countless dramatic actors. Many people underestimate the comic film, but it is more difficult to make people laugh than to make them cry.

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Another famous phrase by Totò, very intimate and profound, which expresses and clarifies his inner world is:

Happiness does not exist. Happiness does not exist in any way. Nobody is happy

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And, again, on the same subject, another well-known statement by Totò, made in an interview is:

I love being alone. I need to be alone: to contemplate, to think. Sometimes even the people I love bore me. Yes, it is difficult to live with me. I don't like going to nightclubs, I've never liked it. When I see that fake fun, I can't help but think that behind each of those people there is a drama: the pianist maybe has broken shoes, the industrialist has overdue bills, the entraineuse has a sick child... I am a misanthrope, the basis of my life is home. The house, for me, is a fortress, almost a person. When I enter it I always greet it as a person: 'Good evening, home

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The widow is the wife of a corpse.

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He was such a disliked man that after his death the relatives asked for an encore!

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I know, I should be working instead of looking for fools to cheat, but I can't, because in life there are more fools than employers.

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I’ nun so ffess, ma aggia fà ‘o fess, pecchè facenn ‘o fesso, ve pozzo fà fesse!

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Sometimes it is difficult to make the right choice because you are either gnawed by the pangs of conscience or the pangs of hunger.

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E voglia a mettere rum, chi nasce strunz’, nun pò addiventà babbà.

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I don't steal, I integrate. On the other hand, who in Italy does not integrate?

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O true rich man is not he who has pockets full of money... but he who is humble with a noble heart...

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Losing those who know no respect is a great gain

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If those who speak ill of me knew what I thought of them, they would say worse.

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Relatives are like shoes: the tighter they are, the more they hurt.

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Every ten minutes an idiot dies and two are born....

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How kind she is for a relative: she looks like a stranger!

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I would like to know why so many people, with all the professions there are, set themselves up as thieves.

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