Giovanni Giolitti

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Giovanni Giolitti (October 27, 1842–July 17, 1928) Italian statesman; Prime Minister of Italy five times.


  • Per i nemici le leggi si applicano, per gli amici si interpretano.
    • Laws are applied to enemies, but only interpreted as regards friends.

Comments made by Giolotti to parliament, 1900

  • "It is irrational to think low wages help industry. Low wages mean a poor diet; an underfed worker is both physically and intellectually weak."