Quotation by Italo Calvino

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
Italo Calvino (1923–1985), Italian author, critic. repr. In The Literature Machine (1987). "Why Read the Classics?" L'Espresso (Rome, June 28, 1981).

This is one of a series of definitions of "a classic" in Calvino's essay.
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