Italo Calvino Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Italo Calvino quotes, Italo Calvino sayings, and Italo Calvino proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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
In abortion, the person who is massacred, physically and morally, is the woman. 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
Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears. Italo Calvino
Melancholy is sadness that has taken on lightness. Italo Calvino
Writing always means hiding something in such a way that it then is discovered. Italo Calvino
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. Italo Calvino
A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say. Italo Calvino
A classic is a work which persists as a background noise even when a present that is totally incompatible with it holds sway. Italo Calvino
Thoughtful lightness can make frivolity seem dull and heavy. Italo Calvino
One writes fables in periods of oppression. Italo Calvino
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
Seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space Italo Calvino
The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space. Italo Calvino
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. Italo Calvino
An exotic birthplace on its own is not informative of anything. Italo Calvino
Each sort of cheese reveals a pasture of a different green, under a different sky. Italo Calvino
Nobody looks at the moon in the afternoon, and this is the moment when it would most require our attention, since its existence is still in doubt. Italo Calvino