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Umberto Eco Quote: “We live for books.”

We live for books.

— Umberto Eco



Umberto Eco Quote: “To survive, you must tell stories.”

To survive, you must tell stories.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “Translation is the art of failure.”

Translation is the art of failure.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “I write what I write.”

I write what I write.

— Umberto Eco


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.”

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


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.”

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


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.”

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


Umberto Eco Quote: “Love is wiser than wisdom.”

Love is wiser than wisdom.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “As the man said, for every complex problem there’s a simple solution, and it’s wrong.”

As the man said, for every complex problem there’s a simple solution, and it’s wrong.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “What is life if not the shadow of a fleeting dream?”

What is life if not the shadow of a fleeting dream?

— Umberto Eco



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.”

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


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.”

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


Umberto Eco Quote: “When your true enemies are too strong, you have to choose weaker enemies.”

When your true enemies are too strong, you have to choose weaker enemies.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “The good of a book lies in its being read.”

The good of a book lies in its being read.

— Umberto Eco


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.”

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


Umberto Eco Quote: “Beauty is boring because it is predictable.”

Beauty is boring because it is predictable.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “The truth is an anagram of an anagram.”

The truth is an anagram of an anagram.

— Umberto Eco


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...”

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


Umberto Eco Quote: “Hypotyposis is the rhetorical effect by which words succeed in rendering a visual scene.”

Hypotyposis is the rhetorical effect by which words succeed in rendering a visual scene.

— Umberto Eco


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.”

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



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.”

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


Umberto Eco Quote: “Absence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big.”

Absence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big.

— Umberto Eco


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

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

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “A secret is powerful when it is empty.”

A secret is powerful when it is empty.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “Never affirm, always allude: allusions are made to test the spirit and probe the heart.”

Never affirm, always allude: allusions are made to test the spirit and probe the heart.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “A library’s ideal function is to be a little bit like a bouquiniste’s stall, a place for trouvailles.”

A library’s ideal function is to be a little bit like a bouquiniste’s stall, a place for trouvailles.

— Umberto Eco


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

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

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “Books always speak of other books.”

Books always speak of other books.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “But laughter is weakness, corruption, the foolishness of our flesh.”

But laughter is weakness, corruption, the foolishness of our flesh.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “I write stories about conspiracies and paranoid characters while I am, in fact, a very skeptical person.”

I write stories about conspiracies and paranoid characters while I am, in fact, a very skeptical person.

— Umberto Eco


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.”

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


Umberto Eco Quote: “I felt like poisoning a monk.”

I felt like poisoning a monk.

— Umberto Eco


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.”

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


Umberto Eco Quote: “We were clever enough to turn a laundry list into poetry.”

We were clever enough to turn a laundry list into poetry.

— Umberto Eco


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.”

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


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.”

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


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.”

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


Umberto Eco Quote: “Any fact becomes important when it’s connected to another.”

Any fact becomes important when it’s connected to another.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “Not that the incredulous person doesn’t believe in anything. It’s just that he doesn’t believe in everything.”

Not that the incredulous person doesn’t believe in anything. It’s just that he doesn’t believe in everything.

— Umberto Eco


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

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


Umberto Eco Quote: “You are always born under the wrong sign, and to live in this world properly you have to rewrite your own horoscope day by day.”

You are always born under the wrong sign, and to live in this world properly you have to rewrite your own horoscope day by day.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “The more things you know, or pretend to know, the more powerful you are. It doesn’t matter if the things are true. What counts, remember, is to possess a secret.”

The more things you know, or pretend to know, the more powerful you are. It doesn’t matter if the things are true. What counts, remember, is to possess a secret.

— Umberto Eco


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.”

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


Umberto Eco Quote: “Narrativity presumes a special taste for plot. And this taste for plot was always very present in the Anglo-Saxon countries and that explains their high quality of detective novels.”

Narrativity presumes a special taste for plot. And this taste for plot was always very present in the Anglo-Saxon countries and that explains their high quality of detective novels.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “It is a myth of publishers that people want to read easy things.”

It is a myth of publishers that people want to read easy things.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “There are four types: the cretin, the imbecile, the stupid and the mad. Normality is a balanced mixture of all four.”

There are four types: the cretin, the imbecile, the stupid and the mad. Normality is a balanced mixture of all four.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “To read a paper book is another experience: you can do it on a ship, on the branch of a tree, on your bed, even if there is a blackout.”

To read a paper book is another experience: you can do it on a ship, on the branch of a tree, on your bed, even if there is a blackout.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “A transposable aphorism is a malaise of the urge to be witty, or in other words, a maxim that is untroubled by the fact that the opposite of what it says is equally true so long as it appears to be funny.”

A transposable aphorism is a malaise of the urge to be witty, or in other words, a maxim that is untroubled by the fact that the opposite of what it says is equally true so long as it appears to be funny.

— Umberto Eco


Umberto Eco Quote: “When we traded the results of our fantasies, it seemed to us-and rightly-that we had proceeded by unwarranted associations, by shortcuts so extraordinary that, if anyone had accused us of really believing them, we would have been ashamed.”

When we traded the results of our fantasies, it seemed to us-and rightly-that we had proceeded by unwarranted associations, by shortcuts so extraordinary that, if anyone had accused us of really believing them, we would have been ashamed.

— Umberto Eco


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

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

— Umberto Eco

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