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Italo Calvino quotes: Desires are already memories. Desires are already memories.
Italo Calvino quotes: If this is what you believe, you are wrong: Penthesilea If this is what you believe, you are wrong: Penthesilea
Italo Calvino quotes: I suffer from everyday life. I suffer from everyday life.
Italo Calvino quotes: Photography has a meaning only if it exhausts all possible images. Photography has a meaning only if it exhausts all possible images.
Italo Calvino quotes: This is what I wanted to hear from you: confess what you are smuggling: moods, states of grace, elegies! This is what I wanted to hear from you: confess what you are smuggling: moods, states of grace, elegies!
Italo Calvino quotes: Decide for yourself. Everybody reacts in a different way. Decide for yourself. Everybody reacts in a different way.
Italo Calvino quotes: The unconscious is the ocean of the unsayable, of what has been expelled from the land of language, removed as a result of ancient prohibitions. The unconscious is the ocean of the unsayable, of what has been expelled from the land of language, removed as a result of ancient prohibitions.
Italo Calvino quotes: The fact is that I find in the day's light, in this diffused, pale, almost shadowless luminosity, a darkness deeper than the night's. The fact is that I find in the day's light, in this diffused, pale, almost shadowless luminosity, a darkness deeper than the night's.
Italo Calvino quotes: If the reader looks, I think he will find plenty of moral and political ideas in my stories. If the reader looks, I think he will find plenty of moral and political ideas in my stories.
Italo Calvino quotes: You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours. You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.
Italo Calvino quotes: Will I ever be able to say, "Today it writes," just like "Today it rains," "Today it is windy"? Will I ever be able to say, "Today it writes," just like "Today it rains," "Today it is windy"?
Italo Calvino quotes: Novels as dull as dishwater, with the grease of random sentiments floating on top. Novels as dull as dishwater, with the grease of random sentiments floating on top.
Italo Calvino quotes: No one, wise Kublai, knows better than you that the city must never be confused with the words that describe it. No one, wise Kublai, knows better than you that the city must never be confused with the words that describe it.
Italo Calvino quotes: ...KUBLAI: We have proved that if we were here, we would not be.POLO: And here, in fact, we are. ...
KUBLAI: We have proved that if we were here, we would not be.

POLO: And here, in fact, we are.
Italo Calvino quotes: In the morning you wake from one bad dream and another begins. In the morning you wake from one bad dream and another begins.
Italo Calvino quotes: The difference between the true and the false is only a prejudice of ours. The difference between the true and the false is only a prejudice of ours.
Italo Calvino quotes: A poor writer is one who names rather than represents. A poor writer is one who names rather than represents.
Italo Calvino quotes: It is within you that the ghosts acquire voices. It is within you that the ghosts acquire voices.
Italo Calvino quotes: Every morning I tell myself, 'Today has to be productive' - and then something happens that prevents me from writing. Every morning I tell myself, 'Today has to be productive' - and then something happens that prevents me from writing.
Italo Calvino quotes: Who are we, who is each one of us, if not a combinatoria of experiences, information, books we have read, things imagined? Who are we, who is each one of us, if not a combinatoria of experiences, information, books we have read, things imagined?
Italo Calvino quotes: Eyes that, like those of children, look at an eternal present without forgiveness. Eyes that, like those of children, look at an eternal present without forgiveness.
Italo Calvino quotes: You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a winter's night a traveler. You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a winter's night a traveler.
Italo Calvino quotes: I have spent more time with other people's books than with my own. I do not regret it. I have spent more time with other people's books than with my own. I do not regret it.
Italo Calvino quotes: Without translation, I would be limited to the borders of my own country. The translator is my most important ally. He introduces me to the world. Without translation, I would be limited to the borders of my own country. The translator is my most important ally. He introduces me to the world.
Italo Calvino quotes: One reads alone, even in another's presence. One reads alone, even in another's presence.
Italo Calvino quotes: There is still, in fact, in Calvino's archive a drawer full of newspaper cuttings concerning scientific discoveries. As There is still, in fact, in Calvino's archive a drawer full of newspaper cuttings concerning scientific discoveries. As
Italo Calvino quotes: I'm a regular guy; I like well-defined outlines. I'm old-fashioned, bourgeois. I'm a regular guy; I like well-defined outlines. I'm old-fashioned, bourgeois.
Italo Calvino quotes: A classic is the term given to any book which comes to represent the whole universe, a book on a par with ancient talismans. A classic is the term given to any book which comes to represent the whole universe, a book on a par with ancient talismans.
Italo Calvino quotes: Everything can change, but not the language that we carry inside us, like a world more exclusive and final than one's mother's womb. Everything can change, but not the language that we carry inside us, like a world more exclusive and final than one's mother's womb.
Italo Calvino quotes: The city of cats and the city of men exist one inside the other, but they are not the same city. The city of cats and the city of men exist one inside the other, but they are not the same city.
Italo Calvino quotes: The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts. The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.
Italo Calvino quotes: The human race is a zone of living things that should be defined by tracing its confines. The human race is a zone of living things that should be defined by tracing its confines.
Italo Calvino quotes: The ultimate meaning to which all stories refer has two faces: the continuity of life, the inevitability of death. The ultimate meaning to which all stories refer has two faces: the continuity of life, the inevitability of death.
Italo Calvino quotes: It is only through the confining act of writing that the immensity of the nonwritten becomes legible It is only through the confining act of writing that the immensity of the nonwritten becomes legible
Italo Calvino quotes: Amusement has always been the great moving force behind culture. Amusement has always been the great moving force behind culture.
Italo Calvino quotes: I'm terrified of writing at night, for then I can't sleep. So I start slowly, slowly writing in the morning and go on into the late afternoon. I'm terrified of writing at night, for then I can't sleep. So I start slowly, slowly writing in the morning and go on into the late afternoon.
Italo Calvino quotes: Of course, the ideal position for reading is something you can never find. Of course, the ideal position for reading is something you can never find.
Italo Calvino quotes: Again I am torn between the necessity and the impossibility of answering. Again I am torn between the necessity and the impossibility of answering.
Italo Calvino quotes: Revolutionaries are more formalistic than conservatives. Revolutionaries are more formalistic than conservatives.
Italo Calvino quotes: Falsehood is never in words; it is in things. Falsehood is never in words; it is in things.
Italo Calvino quotes: wrong: Penthesilea is wrong: Penthesilea is
Italo Calvino quotes: Only by having a clear idea what virtue is can I practice evil with a light heart. Only by having a clear idea what virtue is can I practice evil with a light heart.
Italo Calvino quotes: I'm afraid I don't think I really have a life on which something can be written. I'm afraid I don't think I really have a life on which something can be written.
Italo Calvino quotes: ... we can not love or think except in fragments of time each of which goes along its own trajectory and immediately disappears. ... we can not love or think except in fragments of time each of which goes along its own trajectory and immediately disappears.
Italo Calvino quotes: Every choice has its obverse, that is to say a renunciation, and so there is no difference between the act of choosing and the act of renouncing Every choice has its obverse, that is to say a renunciation, and so there is no difference between the act of choosing and the act of renouncing
Italo Calvino quotes: We could say, then, that man is an instrument the world employs to renew its own image constantly. We could say, then, that man is an instrument the world employs to renew its own image constantly.
Italo Calvino quotes: Time is a catastrophe, perpetual and irreversible. Time is a catastrophe, perpetual and irreversible.
Italo Calvino quotes: The cemetery is the home of those who are not here, come in. The cemetery is the home of those who are not here, come in.
Italo Calvino quotes: Of course, I'm of the generation that grew up with Hemingway and Faulkner as strong influences. Of course, I'm of the generation that grew up with Hemingway and Faulkner as strong influences.
Italo Calvino quotes: In abortion, the person who is massacred, physically and morally, is the woman. In abortion, the person who is massacred, physically and morally, is the woman.
Italo Calvino quotes: Work stops at sunset. Darkness falls over the building site. The sky is filled with stars. "There is the blueprint," they say. Work stops at sunset. Darkness falls over the building site. The sky is filled with stars. "There is the blueprint," they say.
Italo Calvino quotes: It is not the voice that commands the story; it is the ear. It is not the voice that commands the story; it is the ear.
Italo Calvino quotes: The only books I recognize as mine are those I must still write. The only books I recognize as mine are those I must still write.
Italo Calvino quotes: For the critic, the author does not exist; only a certain number of writings exist. For the critic, the author does not exist; only a certain number of writings exist.
Italo Calvino quotes: Reading is a possession, a march toward a possession. Reading is a possession, a march toward a possession.
Italo Calvino quotes: I report to the revolutionaries infiltrated among the counterrevolutionary infiltrators. I report to the revolutionaries infiltrated among the counterrevolutionary infiltrators.
Italo Calvino quotes: Folktales are real. Folktales are real.
Italo Calvino quotes: Nobody these days holds the written word in such high esteem as police states do. Nobody these days holds the written word in such high esteem as police states do.
Italo Calvino quotes: I spend 12 hours a day reading on most days of the year. I spend 12 hours a day reading on most days of the year.
Italo Calvino quotes: My confidence in the future of literature consists in the knowledge that there are things that only literature can give us, by means specific to it. My confidence in the future of literature consists in the knowledge that there are things that only literature can give us, by means specific to it.
Italo Calvino quotes: In museums I always enjoy stopping at the Saint Jeromes. In museums I always enjoy stopping at the Saint Jeromes.
Italo Calvino quotes: A classic is a book which with each rereading offers as much of a sense of discovery as the first reading. A classic is a book which with each rereading offers as much of a sense of discovery as the first reading.