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Born: 1923-10-15
Profession: Journalist
Nation: Italian
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The human race is a zone of living things that should be defined by tracing its confines.

Tags: Human, Living, Race

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.

Tags: Lost, Realize, Travel

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

Tags: Love, Matter, Pleasure

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

Tags: Ear, Story, Voice

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

Tags: Book, Finished, Saying

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.

Tags: Born, End, Until

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

Tags: Ghosts, Houses, Walls

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.

Tags: Private, Public, Rather

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.

Tags: Him, Himself, Knowledge

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

Tags: Genius, Romantic, Talent
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