What’s the meaning of “La speranza è l’ultima a morire”?

In this short lesson, we will learn the meaning of the Italian proverb La speranza è l’ultima a morire along with its pronunciation. We will delve into Greek mythology.

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La speranza è l’ultima a morire

Meaning of the proverb

La speranza è l’ultima a morire can be literally translated as “hope is the last to die”, which means that no matter what happens, no matter what you lose, no one can take away your hope. Hope never dies. It’s equivalent to the English idiom hope springs eternal.

Linguistically speaking, this idiom can be broken down into…

  • la speranza (hope)
  • è (is, from essere, to be)
  • l’ultima (the last one)
  • a morire (to die)
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Luca è un inguaribile ottimista. La speranza è davvero l’ultima a morire.
Luca is an incurable optimist. Hope truly springs eternal.

Pronunciation of La speranza è l’ultima a morire in Italian

Now let’s hear how this proverb is pronounced.

La speranza è l’ultima a morire.
Hope springs eternal.
Literally: Hope is the last to die.

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

Where does La speranza è l’ultima a morire come from?

This proverb comes from the Greek myth of Pandora’s box.

Il vaso di Pandora
Pandora’s box

Pandora gets curious and opens up a jar belonging to her husband. When the jar is opened, all the evils of humanity come out. Hope is the last entity to come out of the jar after all the other evils.

evil gets out of Pandora's box - meaning of la speranza è l'ultima a morire

And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian proverb La speranza è l’ultima a morire!

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