100 years since the birth of Giulio Andreotti, photographs of his life

The 100th anniversary of Giulio Andreotti: photographs and archival documents on exhibition

Giulio Andreotti, the Divo of the Sorrentino film, would have turned 100 this year, and someone would have bet everything he could have done. Probably the most long-lived politician in Italy, although he left this world on 6 January 2013, he lived a life full of satisfactions.

“The power wears out those who do not have it” is one of his most famous historical phrases, but some also remember the unhappy joke “Better to make a living than to kick the bucket …” when, in 1991, his government was besieged by journalists and his political career had taken the path of sunset.

The political career of Giulio Andreotti has been the object of the most mixed interpretations, including successes and polemics is still one of the most controversial political figures in Italian democratic history. In life he has suffered numerous protests that have affected all areas of his activity, but many distinguished those who have criticized and condemned today admire some traits.

Giulio Andreotti (Rome, 14 January 1919 – Rome, 6 May 2013) was a politician, writer, journalist, 7 times president of the Council and 27 times minister. He was an undisputed protagonist of Italian political life and among the leading exponents of the Christian Democrats, a leading player in Italian political life for most of the second half of the twentieth century. Elected Senator for life since 1991.

Famous phrases by Giulio Andreotti

His sentences have become famous, a true heritage of Italian political culture. With his “jokes”, he confused many observers who did not expect the sharp humor he was capable of. Probably Andreotti was the only Italian politician to possess this “sense of humor” who attacks shots without ever losing his guard just like a good fencer. Many remember his bad jokes, but a malice corrected by grace. To be done if they have been for both friends and enemies:

“To think ill of others is a sin, but often you guess.”

“The badness of the good is very dangerous. The others distribute it in daily doses, while those who concentrate it make explosive instruments. ”

“We do not attribute the troubles of Rome to the excess of the population. When the Romans were only two, one killed the other. ”

“Power wears out those who do not have it.”

“You always tell the truth, but – except in the courtrooms of justice – you never tell the whole truth. It is uncomfortable and often causes pain. ”

“I saw the birth of the First Republic, and perhaps also the Second. I hope to see the Third. ”

“Prudence is a great virtue, but uncertainty is of enormous harm, both in public and private life.”

“The inscriptions on anti-fascism have long been closed.”

“Anti-fascism is like wines. We must look at the vintage. ”

“It’s strange that there are no imams or pedophile rabbis.”

“The priests vote, God does not.”

“Humility is a stupendous virtue, as long as you do not exercise it in your tax return.”

“Many young university students are like a perennial full river. I’m always off course.

“The sermons to friends are heard, not aloud. Those aloud are useless. ”

“Why is the beautiful phrase” justice is the same for everyone “written behind it and not before the magistrates?”

“The judgments of the judges are not discussed, they appeal.”

On the hunger strike carried out by Senator Franca Rame, wife of Dario Fò said: “I assure the kind colleague who can count on my solidarity: between meals I will not take food.”

The photo Exhibitions

On January, 17th and 18th 2019, at “Giovanni Spadolini” Senate Library and at the Monumental Complex of San Salvatore in Lauro, two photographic exhibitions will be opened in the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Giulio Andreotti.

A journey through images and documents, mostly from the personal archives deposited at Luigi Sturzo Institute, which intends to retrace the fundamental stages of Andreotti’s political and private life.

The exhibitions, accessible to the public for free, are the result of collaborations between different public and private institutions and will remain open until February 10th, 2019 (Spadolini Library) and until February 17th, 2019 (Monumental Complex of San Salvatore in Lauro

Exhibition Hours:

Una vita per lo stato

“Giovanni Spadolini” Senate Library, Piazza della Minerva, 38

January 15th – February 9th, 2019

Mod- Fry from 9.00 to 13.30

Sat from 9.00 to 12.30

Immagini di una vita

Complesso Monumentale di San Salvatore in Lauro, Piazza di San Salvatore in Lauro, 15

January 6th – February 17th, 2019

Mon – Sun from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00

Admission to exhibitions is free and is allowed up to 30 minutes before closing

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