Quotes by Italo Calvino (Journalist/Italian).

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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
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Rarely does an interviewer ask questions you did not expect. I have given a lot of interviews, and I have concluded that the questions always look alike. I could always give the same answers.
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Bringing a child into the world makes sense only if this child is wanted consciously and freely by its two parents. If it is not, then it is simply animal and criminal behavior.
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In 'Cosmicomics,' I came close to science fiction - I was inspired by cosmological subjects and the workings of the universe and invented a character who was a sort of witness to everything that was happening inside the solar system.
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Every morning I tell myself, 'Today has to be productive' - and then something happens that prevents me from writing.
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Thoughtful lightness can make frivolity seem dull and heavy.
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Sometimes I try to concentrate on the story I would like to write, and I realize that what interests me is something else entirely, or, rather, not anything precise but everything that does not fit in what I ought to write.
• Italo Calvino
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I do not understand how you can associate abortion with an idea of hedonism or the good life.
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I write by hand, making many, many corrections. I would say I cross out more than I write. I have to hunt for words when I speak, and I have the same difficulty when writing.
• Italo Calvino
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I suffer from everyday life.
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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
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Although I am small, ugly and dirty, I am highly ambitious, and at the slightest flattery, I immediately start to strut like a turkey.
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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.
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For the critic, the author does not exist; only a certain number of writings exist.
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What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one's nose, taking shortcuts.
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Classics are books which, the more we think we know them through hearsay, the more original, unexpected, and innovative we find them when we actually read them.
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New York is a fabled city, a fabulous city.
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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.
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I write... sonnets... and writing sonnets is boring. You have to find rhymes; you have to write hendecasyllables; so after a while, I get bored and my drawer is overflowing with unfinished short poems.
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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
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I'm a regular guy; I like well-defined outlines. I'm old-fashioned, bourgeois.
• Italo Calvino
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Personally, I believe in fiction because the stories I like are those with a beginning and an end.
• Italo Calvino
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The public figure of the writer, the writer-character, the 'personality-cult' of the author, are all becoming for me more and more intolerable in others, and consequently in myself.
• Italo Calvino
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I am more and more convinced that literature is made up of works, genres, schools, discussions, problems, collective work in order to solve certain problems.
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I was born in Cuba, and my parents were tropical agronomists.
• Italo Calvino

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