What’s the meaning of “Volere è potere”?

In this short lesson, we will see what the meaning of the Italian saying Volere è potere is along with its pronunciation. If you are determined to achieve your goals, this idiom is for you.

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Volere è potere

Meaning of the saying

Volere è potere can be literally translated as “to want is to be able to” or “to want is power”, and it’s used to mean that if you really want something, you can get it if you have enough will. This is the equivalent of the English saying where there’s a will there’s a way.

It comes from the verbs volere, to want, and potere, to be able. Both are irregular verbs in Italian, and potere is also a modal verb.

very determined businessman

For example, you could say…

Con la determinazione si raggiungono grandi obiettivi. Volere è potere.
With determination, great goals are achieved. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Pronunciation of Volere è potere in Italian

Now let’s hear how this proverb is pronounced.

Volere è potere.
Where there’s a will there’s a way.
Literally: To want is to be able to.

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

Where does Volere è potere come from?

Volere è potere is the title of an educational book (libro didascalico) written by Michele Lassona and published in 1869. The title became the proverb we know today.

an open book

La volontà di fare non conosce ostacoli.
The will to do knows no obstacles.

And that’s the end of our lesson on the Italian saying Volere è potere!

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