Umberto Eco

1932 -

A Quote by Umberto Eco

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 (1932 -)

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A Quote by Umberto Eco

The step between ecstatic vision and sinful frenzy is all too brief

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: The Name of the Rose

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A Quote by Umberto Eco

"We are all dwarfs," William admitted, "but dwarfs who stand on the shoulders of giants, and small though we are, we sometimes manage to see farther on the horizon than they."

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on inspiration

"We are all dwarfs," William admitted, "but dwarfs who stand on the shoulders of giants, and small though we are, we sometimes manage to see farther on the horizon than they."

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: The Name of the Rose

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A Quote by 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 guarentee of the good but also by the shudder of the bad.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on harmony, hell, insanity, laughter, love, opposites, paradise, and sorrow

The pleasures of love are pains that become desirable, where sweetness and torment blend, and so love is voluntary insanity, infernal paradise, and celestial hell - in short, harmony of opposite yearnings, sorrowful laughter, soft diamond.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: The Island of the Day Before, Chapter 28

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on action, elderly, honor, and prudence

What we honor as prudence in our elders is simply panic in action.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: The Island of the Day Before, Chapter 8

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on bliss, contempt, death, destiny, eternity, heaven, honesty, life, quality, religion, reward, saints, and world

"Sir," Saint-Savin replied, "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. We should rather aspire to a heaven where only the planets live in eternal bliss, receiving neither rewards nor condemnations, but enjoying merely their own eternal motion in the arms of the void."

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: The Island of the Day Before, Chapter 5

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on belief, fatherhood, and trying

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 (1932 -)

Source: Foucault's Pendulum, Chapter 7

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on conflict, consequences, day, justice, nations, paradise, population, religion, and terrorism

Terrorism [is] a biological consequence of the multinationals, just as a day of fever is the reasonable price of an effective vaccine . . . The conflict is between great powers, not between demons and heroes. Unhappily, therefore, is the nation that finds the "heroes" underfoot, especially if they still think in religious terms and involve the population in their bloody ascent to an uninhabited paradise.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: "Striking at the Heart of the State" (1978) from Travels in Hyperreality

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