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Umberto Eco
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Being a professional philosopher is, I would say, feeling natural to think about small and great problems. It is the only pleasure. Umberto Eco

Beauty has never been absolute and immutable but has taken on different aspects depending on the historical period and the country Umberto Eco

I felt no passion, no jealousy, no nostalgia. I was hollow, clear-headed, clean, and as emotionless as an aluminum pot. Umberto Eco

A sure sign of a lunatic is that sooner or later, he brings up the Templars. Umberto Eco

I have never doubted the truth of signs, Adso; they are the only things man has with which to orient himself in the world. What I did not understand was the relation among signs.... I behaved stubbornly, pursuing a semblance of order, when I should have known well that there is no order in the universe. Umberto Eco

Creativity can only be anarchic, capitalist, Darwinian. Umberto Eco

It is necessary to meditate early, and often, on the art of dying to succeed later in doing it properly just once. Umberto Eco

A secret is powerful when it is empty. Umberto Eco

Our life is full of empty space. Umberto Eco

When one starts writing a book, especially a novel, even the humblest person in the world hopes to become Homer. Umberto Eco

And what would we be, we sinful creatures, without fear, perhaps the most foresighted, the most loving of the divine gifts? Umberto Eco

A writer writes for writers, a non-writer writes for his next-door neighbor or for the manager of the local bank branch, and he fears (often mistakenly) that they would not understand or, in any case, would not forgive his boldness. Umberto Eco

For centuries, as pope and emperor tore each other apart in their quarrels over power, the excluded went on living on the fringe, like lepers, of whom true lepers are only the illustration ordained by God to make us understand this wondrous parable, so that in saying 'lepers' we would understand 'outcast, poor, simple, excluded, uprooted from the countryside, humiliated in the cities.' But we did not understand; the mystery of leprosy has continued to haunt us because we have not recognized the nature of the sign. Umberto Eco

A mystic is a hysteric who has met her confessor before her doctor. Umberto Eco

I think that at a certain age, say fifteen or sixteen, poetry is like masturbation. But later in life good poets burn their early poetry, and bad poets publish it. Thankfully I gave up rather quickly. Umberto Eco

I wrote a novel because I had a yen to do it. I believe this is sufficient reason to set out to tell a story. Umberto Eco

The truth is a young maiden as modest as she is beautiful, and therefore she is always seen cloaked. Umberto Eco

A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection - not an invitation for hypnosis. Umberto Eco

All the blogs, Facebook, Twitter are made by people who want to show their own private affairs at the price of making fakes, to try to appear such as they are not, to construct another personality, which is a veritable loss of identity. Umberto Eco

Listening doesn't mean trying to understand. Anything, however trifling, may be of use one day. What matters is to know something that others don't know you know. Umberto Eco

There, Master Niketas," Baudolino said, "when I was not prey to the temptations of this world, I devoted my nights to imagining other worlds. A bit with the help of wine, and a bit with that of the green honey. There is nothing better than imagining other worlds," he said, "to forget the painful one we live in. At least so I thought then. I had' yet realized that, imagining other worlds, you end up changing this one. Umberto Eco

The ideology of this America wants to establish reassurance through Imitation. But profit defeats ideology, because the consumers want to be thrilled not only by the guarantee of the Good but also by the shudder of the Bad. Umberto Eco

He had prepared his death much earlier, in his imagination, unaware that his imagination, more creative than he, was planning the reality of that death. Umberto Eco

The monkish vows keep us far from that sink of vice that is the female body, but often they bring us close to other errors. Can I finally hide from myself the fact that even today my old age is still stirred by the noonday demon when my eyes, in choir, happen to linger on the beardless face of a novice, pure and fresh as a maidens? Umberto Eco

If you interact with things in your life, everything is constantly changing. And if nothing changes, you're an idiot. Umberto Eco

The cultivated person's first duty is to be always prepared to rewrite the encyclopedia. Umberto Eco

And when someone suggests you believe in a proposition, you must first examine it to see whether it is acceptable, because our reason was created by God, and whatever pleases our reason can but please divine reason, of which, for that matter, we know only what we infer from the processes of our own reason by analogy and often by negation. Umberto Eco

Books are menaced by books. Any excess of information produces silence. Umberto Eco

The only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth. Umberto Eco

The poets did not win; the philosophers surrendered. Umberto Eco

Every man is obsessed by the memories of his own youth. Umberto Eco

There are four kinds of people in this world: cretins, fools, morons, and lunatics. Umberto Eco

Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear. Umberto Eco

Followers of the occult believe in only what they already know, and in those things that confirm what they have already learned. Umberto Eco

Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings. Umberto Eco

The United States needed a civil war to unite properly. Umberto Eco

I developed a passion for the Middle Ages the same way some people develop a passion for coconuts. Umberto Eco

As a scholar I am interested in the philosophy of language, semiotics, call it what you want, and one of the main features of the human language is the possibility of lying. Umberto Eco

I write what I write. Umberto Eco

All of us were slowly losing that intellectual light that allows you always to tell the similar from the identical, the metaphorical from the real. Umberto Eco

Whenever a poet or preacher, chief or wizard spouts gibberish, the human race spends centuries deciphering the message. Umberto Eco

The Art of the Romance, though warning us that it is providing fictions, opens a door into the Palace of Absurdity, and when we have lightly stepped inside, slams it shut behind us. Umberto Eco

Not bad, not bad at all," Diotallevi said. "To arrive at the truth through the painstaking reconstruction of a false text. Umberto Eco

I returned to the courtyard and saw that the sun had grown weaker. Beautiful and clear as it had been, the morning (as the day approached the completion of its first half) was becoming damp and misty. Heavy clouds moved from the north and were invading the top of the mountain, covering it with a light brume. It seemed to be fog, and perhaps fog was also rising from the ground, but at that altitude it was difficult to distinguish the mists that rose from below and those that come down from above. It was becoming hard to discern the bulk of the more distant buildings. Umberto Eco

I discovered ... that a novel has nothing to do with words in the first instance. Writing a novel is a cosmological matter, like the story told by Genesis (we all have to choose our role models, as Woody Allen puts it). Umberto Eco

libraries are fascinating places: sometimes you feel you are under the canopy of a railway station, and when you read books about exotic places there's a feeling of travelling to distant lands Umberto Eco

Semiotics is in principle the discipline studying everything which can be used in order to lie. If something cannot be used to tell a lie, conversely it cannot be used to tell the truth: it cannot in fact be used "to tell" at all. Umberto Eco

Is it possible to say "It was a beautiful morning at the end of November" without feeling like Snoopy? Umberto Eco

A book is a fragile creature. It suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements, clumsy hands. Umberto Eco

A narrator should not supply interpretations of his work; otherwise he would have not written a novel, which is a machine for generating interpretations. Umberto Eco

There, Master Niketas,' Baudolino said, 'when I was not prey to the temptations of this world, I devoted my nights to imagining other worlds. A bit with the help of wine, and a bit with that of the green honey. There is nothing better than imagining other worlds,' he said, 'to forget the painful one we live in. At least so I thought then. I hadn't yet realized that, imagining other worlds, you end up changing this one. Umberto Eco

The truth is an anagram of an anagram. Umberto Eco

For many years I have devoted articles and essays to newspapers, from the inside. So criticism of the newspapers was a topic that I practiced for a long time. Umberto Eco

A newspaper can follow the compulsions, the desires of the readers. Take the English evening newspapers - they are following the readers' desires when they are interested only in the royal family gossip. But even the most objective, serious newspaper in the world designs the way in which the reader could or should think. That's unavoidable. Umberto Eco

To establish what is true is very difficult. Frequently it is easier to establish what is false. And, passing through the false, it's possible to understand something about truth. Umberto Eco

I am an old consumer of papers. I cannot avoid reading my newspapers every morning. Umberto Eco

In this new book, I open with a Hebrew quotation nobody is able to understand. This is in order to say, O.K., do you want to play this game? You are my friend, and we go. Otherwise, too bad for me or for you. I think it is untrue that my books are impenetrable. On the contrary, I think I am a sort of great vulgarizer. I put down certain difficult stuff, but I give my readers clues to understand what this kind of stuff is. Umberto Eco

I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. Umberto Eco

I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom. Umberto Eco

Well, Diotallevi and I are planning a reform in higher education. A School of Comparative Irrelevance, where useless or impossibe courses are given. The school's aim is to turn out scholars capable of endlessly increasing the number of unnecessary subjects. Umberto Eco

I am a professor who writes novels on Sundays Umberto Eco

We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death. That's why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and, therefore, no end. It's a way of escaping thoughts about death. We like lists because we don't want to die. Umberto Eco

The more elusive and ambiguous a symbol is, the more it gains significance and power. Umberto Eco

There are no stories without meaning. And I am one of those men who can find it even when others fail to see it. Afterwards the story becomes the book of the living, like a blaring trumpet that raises from the tomb those who have been dust for centuries.... Umberto Eco

There is a constant in the average American imagination and taste, for which the past must be preserved and celebrated in full-scale authentic copy; a philosophy of immortality as duplication. It dominates the relation with the self, with the past, not infrequently with the present, always with History and, even, with the European tradition. Umberto Eco

Contemporary societies have lost the sense of the feast but have kept the obscure drive for it. Umberto Eco

Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. Umberto Eco

We are formed by little scraps of wisdom. Umberto Eco

I suspect that there is no serious scholar who doesn't like to watch television. I'm just the only one who confesses Umberto Eco

The light in her eyes was beyond description, yet it did not instill improper thoughts: it inspired a love tempered by awe, purifying the hearts it inflamed. Umberto Eco



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