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Umberto Eco Quotes:

Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another’s fear.

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When men stop believing in God, it isn’t that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.

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Religion has nothing to do with God. It’s a fundamental attitude of human beings, who ask about the origins of life and what happens after death. For many, the answer is a personal god. In my opinion, it’s religion that produces God, not the other way round.

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The problem with the Internet is that it gives you everything – reliable material and crazy material. So the problem becomes, how do you discriminate?

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Our life is full of empty space.

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

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Translation is the art of failure. – Translation is the art of failure.

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The book is like the spoon, scissors, the hammer, the wheel. Once invented, it cannot be improved. You cannot make a spoon that is better than a spoon… The book has been thoroughly tested, and it’s very hard to see how it could be improved on for its current purposes.

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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.

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After years of practice, I can walk into a bookstore and understand its layout in a few seconds. I can glance at the spine of a book and make a good guess at its content from a number of signs.

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The thought that all experience will be lost at the moment of my death makes me feel pain and fear… What a waste, decades spent building up experience, only to throw it all away… We remedy this sadness by working. For example, by writing, painting, or building cities.

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Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them.

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

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

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I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that a text displays for continuing to generate different readings, without ever being completely consumed.

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Young people do not watch television; they are on the Internet.

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The mobile phone… is a tool for those whose professions require a fast response, such as doctors or plumbers.

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Beauty is boring because it is predictable.

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My father was an accountant and his father was a typographer.

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When the poet is in love, he is incapable of writing poetry on love. He has to write when he remembers that he was in love.

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Conspiracies do exist. Probably in this moment in New York there is an economic group making a conspiracy in order to buy three banks. But if they succeed, they are immediately discovered.

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Sometimes you say things with a smile with the precise intention of making it clear that you are not being serious, and are only kidding. If I salute a friend with a smile and say, ‘How are you, you old scoundrel!’ clearly I don’t really mean he’s a scoundrel.

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

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Dan Brown is a character from ‘Foucault’s Pendulum!’ I invented him. He shares my characters’ fascinations – the world conspiracy of Rosicrucians, Masons, and Jesuits. The role of the Knights Templar. The hermetic secret. The principle that everything is connected. I suspect Dan Brown might not even exist.

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The good of a book lies in its being read. A book is made up of signs that speak of other signs, which in their turn speak of things. Without an eye to read them, a book contains signs that produce no concepts; therefore it is dumb.

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But now 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.

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I have to admit that I only read ‘War and Peace’ when I was 40. But I knew the basics before then.

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The court jester had the right to say the most outrageous things to the king. Everything was permitted during carnival, even the songs that the Roman legionnaires would sing, calling Julius Caesar ‘queen,’ alluding, in a very transparent way, to his real, or presumed, homosexual escapades.

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We are never racist against somebody who is very far away. I don’t know any racism against the Eskimos. To have a racist feeling, there must be an other who is slightly different from us – but is living close to us.

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There is no great sport in having bullets flying about one in every direction, but I find they have less horror when among them than when in anticipation.

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My grandfather had a particularly important influence on my life, even though I didn’t visit him often, since he lived about three miles out of town and he died when I was six. He was remarkably curious about the world, and he read lots of books.

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We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death.

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Entering a novel is like going on a climb in the mountains: You have to learn the rhythms of respiration – acquire the pace. Otherwise you stop right away.

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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.

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The comic is the perception of the opposite; humor is the feeling of it.

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It is sometimes hard to grasp the difference between identifying with one’s own roots, understanding people with other roots, and judging what is good or bad.

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But Italy is not an intellectual country. On the subway in Tokyo everybody reads. In Italy, they don’t. Don’t evaluate Italy from the fact that it produced Raphael and Michelangelo.

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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.

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

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I started to work in television for three or four years, in 1954. There was one channel of television, black and white. But it could be entertaining and educational. During the evening they showed important plays, opera or Shakespeare’s tragedies.

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People are tired of simple things. They want to be challenged. – People are tired of simple things. They want to be challenged.

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A secret is powerful when it is empty.

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Better reality than a dream: if something is real, then it’s real and you’re not to blame.

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A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.

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Media populism means appealing to people directly through media. A politician who can master the media can shape political affairs outside of parliament and even eliminate the mediation of parliament.

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I have lost the freedom of not having an opinion.

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Berlusconi is a genius in communication. Otherwise, he would never have become so rich.

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It is clear that when you write a story that takes place in the past, you try to show what really happened in those times. But you are always moved by the suspicion that you are also showing something about our contemporary world.

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With all of its defects, the global market makes war less likely, even between the U.S.A. and China.

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Semiotics is a general theory of all existing languages… all forms of communication – visual, tactile, and so on… There is general semiotics, which is a philosophical approach to this field, and then there are many specific semiotics.

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Who is Umberto Eco?

Umberto Eco OMRI was a medieval Italian, philosopher, semi-organist, cultural criticizer, commentator and novelist.