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Letter "I" » Italo Calvino Quotes
«A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.»
«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.»
«Melancholy is sadness that has taken on lightness»
«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»
«Myth is the hidden part of every story, the buried part, the region that is still unexplored because there are as yet no words to enable us to get there. Myth is nourished by silence as well as by words.»
«The ideal place for me is the one in which it is most natural to live as a foreigner.»
«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.»
«It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear»
«In love, as in gluttony, pleasure is a matter of the utmost precision.»
«The struggle of literature is in fact a struggle to escape from the confines of language; it stretches out from the utmost limits of what can be said; what stirs literature is the call and attraction of what is not in the dictionary.»