Quotes of Umberto Eco

“ The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else. ”

- Umberto Eco

“ The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else. ”

- Umberto Eco

“ Solitude is a kind of freedom. ”

- Umberto Eco

“ To survive, you must tell stories. ”

- Umberto Eco

“ I love the smell of book ink in the morning. ”

- Umberto Eco

“ Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth. ”

- 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 Foucault’s Pendulum

“ What is love? There is nothing in the world, neither man nor Devil nor any thing, that I hold as suspect as love, for it penetrates the soul more than any other thing. Nothing exists that so fills and binds the heart as love does. Therefore, unless you have those weapons that subdue it, the soul plunges through love into an immense abyss. ”

- Umberto Eco

“ I think of the postmodern attitude as that of a man who loves a very cultivated woman and knows that he cannot say to her "I love you madly", because he knows that she knows (and that she knows he knows) that these words have already been written by Barbara Cartland. Still there is a solution. He can say "As Barbara Cartland would put it, I love you madly". At this point, having avoided false innocence, having said clearly it is no longer possible to talk innocently, he will nevertheless say what he wanted to say to the woman: that he loves her in an age of lost innocence. ”

- Umberto Eco

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

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“ After so many years even the fire of passion dies, and with it what was believed the light of the truth. Who of us is able to say now whether Hector or Achilles was right, Agamemnon or Priam, when they fought over the beauty of a woman who is now dust and ashes? ”

- Umberto Eco

“ Under torture you are as if under the dominion of those grasses that produce visions. Everything you have heard told, everything you have read returns to your mind, as if you were being transported, not toward heaven, but toward hell. Under torture you say not only what the inquisitor wants, but also what you imagine might please him, because a bond (this, truly, diabolical) is established between you and him ... These things I know, Ubertino; I also have belonged to those groups of men who believe they can produce the truth with whitehot iron. Well, let me tell you, the white heat of truth comes from another flame. ”

- 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

“ Thus we have on stage two men, each of whom knows nothing of what he believes the other knows, and to deceive each other reciprocally both speak in allusions, each of the two hoping (in vain) that the other holds the key to his puzzle. ”

- 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

“ I did not know then what Brother William was seeking, and to tell the truth, I still do not know today, and I presume he himself did not know, moved as he was solely by the desire for truth, and by the suspicion which I could see he always harbored that the truth was not what was appearing to him at any given moment. ”

- Umberto Eco

“ الشكوك ليست أبدًا مغالاة ، الشك ، دائمًا الشك ، بهذه الطريقة وحدها تصل إلى الحقيقة ”

- Umberto Eco

“ Atât de mare e puterea adevărului care, precum binele, se răspândește de la sine. ”

- 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

“ Rem tene, verba sequentur: grasp the subject, and the words will follow. This, I believe, is the opposite of what happens with poetry, which is more a case of verba tene, res sequenter: grasp the words, and the subject will follow. ”

- 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

“ the first quality of an honest man is contempt for religion, which would have us afraid of the most natural thing in the world, which is death; and would have us hate the one beautiful thing destiny has given us, which is life. ”

- Umberto Eco

“ The older I grow and the more I abandon myself to God's will, the less I value intelligence that wants to know and will that wants to do; and as the only element of salvation I recognize faith, which can wait patiently, without asking too many questions. ”

- Umberto Eco

“ All the stories I would like to write persecute me. When I am in my chamber, it seems as if they are all around me, like little devils, and while one tugs at my ear, another tweaks my nose, and each says to me, 'Sir, write me, I am beautiful. ”

- Umberto Eco

“ Rem tene, verba sequentur: grasp the subject, and the words will follow. This, I believe, is the opposite of what happens with poetry, which is more a case of verba tene, res sequenter: grasp the words, and the subject will follow. ”

- Umberto Eco

“ When the writer (or the artist in general) says he has worked without giving any thought to the rules of the process, he simply means he was working without realizing he knew the rules. ”

- Umberto Eco

“ But the purpose of a story is to teach and to please at once, and what it teaches is how to recognize the snares of the world. ”

- Umberto Eco

“ I felt like poisoning a monk. ”

- Umberto Eco

“ The author should die once he has finished writing. So as not to trouble the path of the text. ”

- Umberto Eco

“ In the Middle Ages, cathedrals and convents burned like tinder; imagining a medieval story without a fire is like imagining a World War II movie in the Pacific without a fighter plane shot down in flames. ”

- Umberto Eco
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