„To take away life is a power which the vilest of the earth have in common; to give it belongs to gods and kings alone.“

—  Pietro Metastasio, La Clemenza di Tito (1734), Act III, scene 7.

Il torre altrui la vita È facoltà commune Al più vil della terra; il darla è solo De' Numi, e de' Regnanti.

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poète et librettiste italien 1698 - 1782

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