"Italians tend to be less rigidly moral and law-abiding than do Anglo-Saxons. They also have a profound suspicion of the state and most of its agencies."
— Donna Leon
"To see how many Italians are going out of Italy, the sort of exodus, a great generation leaving my country, I think is the worst nightmare for me as prime minister but also for the country, of course."
— Enrico Letta (*20 Aug 1966), Italian politician who was Prime Minister from 2013 to 2014, leading a grand coalition; Minister of European Affairs from 1998 to 1999, Minister of Industry from 1999 to 2001, Secretary to the Council of Ministers from 2006 to 2008. His uncle is centre-right politician Gianni Letta, advisor of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi..