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Top 400 Umberto Eco Quotes (2023 Update)

Umberto Eco Quote: “We live for books.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “To survive, you must tell stories.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “Translation is the art of failure.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “Love is wiser than wisdom.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “As the man said, for every complex problem there’s a simple solution, and it’s wrong.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “A great problem of the internet is how to filter information, how to discard what is not relevant or what is silly and to keep only the important information.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “I always assume that a good book is more intelligent than its author. It can say things that the writer is not aware of.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “I write what I write.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “What is life if not the shadow of a fleeting dream?”
Umberto Eco Quote: “Beauty is boring because it is predictable.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “Someone said that patriotism is the last refuge of cowards; those without moral principles usually wrap a flag around themselves, and those bastards always talk about the purity of race.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community... but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It’s the invasion of the idiots.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “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 Quote: “I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “When your true enemies are too strong, you have to choose weaker enemies.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “The good of a book lies in its being read.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “The person who doesn’t read lives only one life. The reader lives 5,000. Reading is immortality backwards.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “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 Quote: “I felt no passion, no jealousy, no nostalgia. I was hollow, clear-headed, clean, and as emotionless as an aluminum pot.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “There are four kinds of people in this world: cretins, fools, morons, and lunatics.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “There are four types: the cretin, the imbecile, the stupid and the mad. Normality is a balanced mixture of all four.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “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 Quote: “Absence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “If you want to use television to teach somebody, you must first teach them how to use television.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “National identity is the last bastion of the dispossessed. But the meaning of identity is now based on hatred, on hatred for those who are not the same.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “Any fact becomes important when it’s connected to another.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “Never affirm, always allude: allusions are made to test the spirit and probe the heart.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “The truth is an anagram of an anagram.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn’t ask ourselves what it says but what it means...”
Umberto Eco Quote: “But laughter is weakness, corruption, the foolishness of our flesh.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “You can be obsessed by remorse all your life, not because you chose the wrong thing- you can always repent, atone : but because you never had the chance to prove to yourself that you would have chosen the right thing.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “Hypotyposis is the rhetorical effect by which words succeed in rendering a visual scene.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “I don’t know, maybe we’re always looking for the right place, maybe it’s within reach, but we don’t recognize it. Maybe to recognize it, we have to believe in it.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “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 Quote: “The problem with the Internet is that it gives you everything – reliable material and crazy material. So the problem becomes, how do you discriminate?”
Umberto Eco Quote: “A library’s ideal function is to be a little bit like a bouquiniste’s stall, a place for trouvailles.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “The wise man does not discriminate; he gathers all the shreds of light, from wherever they may come...”
Umberto Eco Quote: “Books always speak of other books.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “Not that the incredulous person doesn’t believe in anything. It’s just that he doesn’t believe in everything.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “A secret is powerful when it is empty.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “Captain Cook discovered Australia looking for the Terra Incognita. Christopher Columbus thought he was finding India but discovered America. History is full of events that happened because of an imaginary tale.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “I write stories about conspiracies and paranoid characters while I am, in fact, a very skeptical person.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “The Internet gives us everything and forces us to filter it not by the workings of culture, but with our own brains. This risks creating six billion separate encyclopedias, which would prevent any common understanding whatsoever.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “I felt like poisoning a monk.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “We were clever enough to turn a laundry list into poetry.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “A secret is powerful when it is empty. People often mention the “Masonic secret.” What on earth is the Masonic secret? No one can tell. As long as it remains empty it can be filled up with every possible notion, and it has power.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “Ma gavte la nata.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “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 Quote: “The step between ecstatic vision and sinful frenzy is all too brief.”
Umberto Eco Quote: “We are always remaking history. Our memory is always an interpretive reconstruction of the past, so is perspective.”
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