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Italo Calvino
October 15, 1923 - September 19, 1985
Nationality: Italian
Category: Journalist
Subcategory: Italian Journalist

In love, as in gluttony, pleasure is a matter of the utmost precision.


A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.


The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.


It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.


Traveling, you realize that differences are lost: each city takes to resembling all cities, places exchange their form, order, distances, a shapeless dust cloud invades the continents.


Biographical data, even those recorded in the public registers, are the most private things one has, and to declare them openly is rather like facing a psychoanalyst.


The human race is a zone of living things that should be defined by tracing its confines.


The satirist is prevented by repulsion from gaining a better knowledge of the world he is attracted to, yet he is forced by attraction to concern himself with the world that repels him.


What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one's nose, taking shortcuts.


The catalogue of forms is endless: until every shape has found its city, new cities will continue to be born. When the forms exhaust their variety and come apart, the end of cities begins.


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