What’s the meaning of “La notte porta consiglio”?

In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian proverb La notte porta consiglio along with its pronunciation. Hopefully this idiom won’t make you yawn!

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La notte porta consiglio

Meaning of the proverb

La notte porta consiglio can be literally translated as “the night brings advice”, which means that whatever worry or distress takes all your attention during the day, you will find a solution to it after some rest. It follows the same line of reasoning as the English expression to sleep on it.

It recalls the Italian idiom dormirci sopra, literally “sleeping on it”.

Linguistically speaking, this idiom can be broken down into…

  • la notte (the night)
  • porta (“brings”, from portare, to bring)
  • consiglio (advice)
boy who's just woken up

Sono sicura che domattina risolverai il problema. La notte porta consiglio.
I am sure you will solve the problem in the morning. The night brings advice.

La notte porta davvero consiglio. Sono riuscito a risolvere il bug stamattina!
The night really brings advice. This morning I managed to fix the bug!

Pronunciation of the proverb

Now let’s hear how this proverb is pronounced.

La notte porta consiglio.
(You should) sleep on it.
Literally: The night brings advice.

If you need help with Italian pronunciation, check out the lesson on the Italian alphabet and pronunciation.

Where does La notte porta consiglio come from?

This proverb probably originated in ancient times, when people took refuge in temples and often slept there. It was thought that sleeping in temples would help connect the individual with the gods and get an “answer” from them.

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And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian proverb La notte porta consiglio!

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