Italo Calvino Quotes & Sayings

74 most famous Italo Calvino quotes and sayings. These are the first 10 quotes we have for him. He was an Italian journalist who passed away on 19 September, 1985.

“A quarter of America is a dramatic, tense, violent country, exploding with contradictions, full of brutal, physiological vitality, and that is the America that I have really loved and love. But a good half of it is a country of boredom, emptiness, monotony, brainless production, and brainless consumption, and this is the American inferno.”
Italo Calvino Quotes
“In abortion, the person who is massacred, physically and morally, is the woman.”
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.”
“How much energy is wasted in Italy in trying to write the novel that obeys all the rules. The energy might have been useful to provide us with more modest, more genuine things, that had less pretensions: short stories, memoirs, notes, testimonials, or at any rate, books that are open, without a preconceived plan.”
Italo Calvino Quotes
“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.”
Italo Calvino Quotes
“What is modern art but the attempt to pinpoint vague, incorporeal, inexpressible sensations? What is modern art, I would add, but the most solemn pile of nonsense that ever appeared on Earth?”
Italo Calvino Quotes
“A human being becomes human not through the casual convergence of certain biological conditions, but through an act of will and love on the part of other people.”
Italo Calvino Quotes
“Thoughtful lightness can make frivolity seem dull and heavy.”
Italo Calvino Quotes
“It is not the voice that commands the story; it is the ear.”
Italo Calvino Quotes
“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”

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