„You may have the universe if I may have Italy.“

—  Giuseppe Verdi, This is from Verdi's Attila, Prologue, sc. 1, but the words are by Verdi's librettist Temistocle Solera; translation from Michael A. Musmanno The Story of the Italians in America (New York: Doubleday, 1965) p. 255.
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