"It is only after you have come to know the surface of things that you can venture to seek what is underneath. But the surface is inexhaustible"
Palomar - Italo Calvino 1983
"You reach a moment in life when, among the people you have known, the dead outnumber the living. And the mind refuses to accept more faces, more expressions: on every new face you encounter, it prints the old forms, for each one it finds the most suitable mask"
Invisible cities - Italo Calvino 1972