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Italo Calvino Quotes and Sayings

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

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.
- Italo Calvino

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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.
- Italo Calvino

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.
- Italo Calvino

Action is the real measure of intelligence.
- Napoleon Hill (author of the classic Think and Grow Rich)

Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty.
They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been
literally hewn out between the columns.
- Arne Jacobsen

I just signed to do my next book with Ecco Press,
a new primer or encyclopedia.
This will be my take on what classic Italian cooking is.
- Mario Batali

I'm not the classic type - fair skin,
very beautiful women of a classic type,
I'm talking about now.
- Debra Wilson

They're getting me involved in intrigue again,
and I think it follows a classic formula in a soap opera.
- Michael Zaslow

But I must own that I also felt stirred by an unselfish
desire to voice all the joys and sorrows,
the hopes and ambitions, of the American Negro,
in classic musical form.
- James Weldon Johnson

These are classic, perennial ideals we are dealing with.
- Rob Morrow

I had a really good childhood up until I was nine,
then a classic case of divorce really affected me.
- Kurt Cobain

A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

I was not a classic mother.
But my kids were never palmed off to boarding school.
So, I didn't bake cookies.
You can buy cookies, but you can't buy love.
- Raquel Welch

I was the classic middle child in some ways,
the one who could have been a priest in an alternate universe.
- Chiwetel Ejiofor

That's what I like about film-it can be bizarre,
classic, normal, romantic.
Cinema is to me the most versatile thing.
- Catherine Deneuve

I like the idea of taking a true classic written by
a true genius and destroying it essentially!
I like the idea of bringing it down to earth a bit -
and even a bit lower than that.
- Randy Newman

My favorite album would have to be Rocket To Russia.
I feel this album has the most classic Ramones songs.
- Johnny Ramone

I was the classic midfield organiser who could also score goals.
- Michel Patini

All the classic jazz players all sang and a lot of 'em sang blues.
- Mose Allison

I've been fortunate to be in films that are classic,
that are going to be around.
- Samuel L. Jackson

Rap records don't make you feel good no more.
Six months after release, it can't come back as a classic.
- Wyclef Jean

I made a classic mistake.
I held out for something better.
- Parker Stevenson

I like hard rock, and classic rock, and even metal.
- Frances McDormand

I absolutely love Oscar.
So classic.
So timeless.
- Nicole Richie

I enjoyed reading all the classic authors like Isaac Asimov and Bradbury.
- William Shatner

I forever felt that I've fallen right between the crack
of way too young for the first generation of classic
rock 'n' roll and too old to be brand-new.
It's hard.
- Paul Westerberg

I love to unwind and watch movies, especially those
from the classic black-and-white era.
- Fred Savage

Learn at least two classic ballroom dances,
at least one of them Latin.
- Marilyn vos Savant

I'd like to do a piece of Shakespeare.
Any upcoming Shakespeare film.
Just a bit to say I did a classic.
- Jim Varney

Classic Rock radio gave us our longevity.
- George Thorogood

I've been blessed by doing classic plays on Broadway,
which was one of my great dreams forever.
- Michael Emerson

All the ancient classic fairy tales have always been scary and dark.
- Helena Bonham Carter

It was a special show that became a cult classic of sorts,
and I made a lot of money for it.
- Don Adams

I think listening to real classic soul material made
me learn how to feel music that's sung.
- Gavin DeGraw

Much as I cared for Joseph Kennedy, he was a classic
example of that person in the arts with lots of brains
and drive but little taste or talent.
- Gloria Swanson

It's meant to reaffirm the validity of that music -
clean,
minimalist, honest, classic music.
- Dwight Yoakam

I'm a classic example of all humorists -
only funny when I'm working.
- Peter Sellers

I never really had the classic struggle.
I had faith.
- Denzel Washington

I'd like to think that the notion of inspiration will
transcend cultural things that are going on.
There's something classic about this movie that I'm hoping reaches kids.
- Rob Morrow

Judging from what looks like the popularity of this
classic wrestling show is that the people like what
they have grown to know and love here in Memphis.
- Jerry Lawler

I don't buy into any of that hogwash.
They put that out to sell tickets.
It's just a classic horror movie, with the Greek drama
formula of good versus evil,
and lots of fear.
- Margot Kidder

Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed
to have read and often thinks they have.
- Alan Bennett

In science, read, by preference, the newest works;
in literature,
the oldest.
The classic literature is always modern.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

New York lost a classic.
Carmine was an old school New Yorker.
- Anthony Weiner

Imitation is flattery, and The Hills Have Eyes is a classic.
- Michael Berryman

Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes
parties more anxious to agree than to disagree.
- Dean Acheson

So in one sense you don't have the classic keyboard player in Yes.
- Billy Sherwood

I know the game wasn't a classic, but the night was
about more than that-it was about bringing back the
memories and raising money for former heroes who have
now fallen on hard times.
- David Ginola

I have definitely gone through my ups and downs and
faced my adversity and my nay-sayers,
but managed to do all right.
It is a pretty classic tale.
- Steve Nash

I was skeptical about doing Texas Chainsaw at first
because it's such a cult classic.
I'd seen some of the sequels and was not a fan of those.
- Jessica Biel

I'd always wanted the show to be more reality based science fiction,
something along the lines of The Day the Earth Stood Still,
which I consider to be the classic science fiction film.
- Gil Gerard

It's flattering to make a picture which becomes a classic within 10 years;
it's not so flattering,
however, when people get the impression it's the only
picture you've ever made.
- Robert Hamer

When you read a classic, you do not see more in the
book than you did before;
you see more in you than there was before.
- Clifton Fadiman

Now the Kids Classic is one of the major fund-raisers for Children's Hospital.
Since we started seven years ago, we've raised more
than $1 million for the hospital.
- Tom Kite

The reason it has lasted for 30 years is for one reason and one reason only:
Classic Rock radio.
- George Thorogood

The first album is a classic record and I think the
prototype of a sound that no one else does.
- Kathy Valentine

I guess when we were up against it, we knew this album
was going to be compared to all the classic early material,
because it was going back to the original five.
- Roger Andrew Taylor

Parineeta is a classic love story.
- Sanjay Dutt

This I regard as a classic example of my not being
properly prepared for a part I very much wanted.
- Marie Windsor

When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the
book than you did before;
you see more in you than there was before.
- Cliff Fadiman

I'm a classic example of what can happen if you follow your inner voice.
I was cursed with interests and some talent in many different areas.
It confuses people.
- Dirk Benedict

When people come to the show they think we are a legendary
band because they hear us on Classic Rock radio all the time.
It is psychological.
That's okay - I'm down with that.
- George Thorogood

I race in two or three classic races a year and I may
carry on for 10 more years or I may stop tomorrow.
- Barry Sheene

My main influences have always been the classic jazz players who sang,
like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole and Jack Teagarden.
- Mose Allison


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