20 Italian Phrases & Quotes about Life (with English Translations)

Life – or la vita in Italian – is a rollercoaster filled with incredible highs and devastating lows. Unfortunately there isn’t a single handbook to help us navigate all of life’s ups and downs but that is exactly what makes it such an adventure!

Below you’ll find a collection of twenty of our favourite inspirational, humorous and interesting life quotes in the Italian language, all of which have been translated into English. We hope you enjoy them! 🙂

elderly couple sitting together on the beach, under a tree

1. La vita è fatta così.

English translation: Such is life.

2. Così è la vita.

English translation: That’s the way life is. / That’s life.

3. La vita è bella.

English translation: Life is beautiful.

group of friends laughing, smiling and toasting with bottles of beer on a rooftop at sunset

4. Forza e coraggio che la vita è un passaggio.

English translation: Strength and courage because life is a passage.

5. Finché c’è vita c’è speranza.

English translation: As long as there is life, there is hope.

6. Sin che si vive, s’impara sempre.

English translation: As long as you live, you always learn.

elderly Indian woman using a computer and a tablet

7. La vita è fatta a scale: c’è chi scende e c’è chi sale.

English translation: Life is made up of stairs: there are those who go down and those who go up.

8. Tutto arriva nella vita, presto o tardi.

English translation: Everything comes in life, sooner or later.

9. Chi vive vede molto, chi viaggia vede di più.

English translation: Those who live see a lot, those who travel see more.

young boy on a hot-air balloon

10. La vita è seminata di spine più che di fiori.

English translation: Life is sown with thorns rather than flowers.

11. La vita è già mezzo trascorsa anziché si sappia che cosa sia.

English translation: Life is already half spent before we know what it is.

12. Se vuoi vivere cent’anni senza pene, prendi il mondo come viene.

English translation: If you want to live a hundred years without pain, take the world as it comes.

friends playing around with sparklers on a field

13. Chi beve vino campa cent’anni.

English translation: He who drinks wine lives one hundred years.

14. La vita è breve e l’arte è lunga.

English translation: Life is short and art is long.

15. Anno nuovo, vita nuova.

English translation: New year, new life.

Anno nuovo, vita nuova!

16. Chi muore giace e chi vive si dà pace.

English translation: Those who die lie and those who live give themselves peace.

17. Val più una messa in vita che cento in morte.

English translation: One Mass is worth more in life than one hundred in death.

18. Finché c’è fiato, c’è vita.

English translation: As long as there is breath, there is life.

human hands with plastic gloves holding a little plant with soil

19. Vivi e lascia vivere.

English translation: Live and let live.

20. Bisogna mangiare per vivere e non vivere per mangiare.

English translation: One must eat to live and not live to eat.

hands cutting through a fish meal on a plate