Umberto Eco

1932 -

A Quote by Umberto Eco on belief, bigotry, composers, idealism, passion, philosophy, poets, and words

"You cannot believe what you are saying." "Well, no. Hardly ever. But the philosopher is like the poet. The latter composes ideal letters for an ideal nymph, only to plumb with his words the depths of passion. The philosopher tests the coldness of his gaze, to see how far he can undermine the fortress of bigotry."

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: The Island of the Day Before, Chapter 8

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on behavior, doubt, imagination, mind, order, truth, understanding, universe, and world

"I have never doubted the truth of signs, Adso; they are the only things man has with which to orient himself in the world. What I did not understand is the relation among signs. . . . I behaved stubbornly, pursuing a semblance of order, when I should have known well that there is no order in the universe." "But in imagining an erroneous order you still found something. . . ." "What you say is very fine, Adso, and I thank you. The order that our mind imagines is like a net, or like a ladder, built to attain something. But afterward you must throw the ladder away, because you discover that, even if it was useful, it was meaningless. . . . The only truths that are useful are instruments to be thrown away."

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: The Name of the Rose

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on insanity, laughter, learning, lies, love, mankind, passion, people, and truth

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 (1932 -)

Source: The Name of the Rose

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on modesty and truth

The truth is a young maiden as modest as she is beautiful, and therefore she is always seen cloaked."

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: The Island of the Day Before, Chapter 12

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on truth

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The truth is an anagram of an anagram.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on peace

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In short, Roberto privately concluded, if you would avoid wars, never make treaties of peace.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: The Island of the Day Before, Chapter 5

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on god, home, and life

"Then we are living in a place abandoned by God," I said, disheartened. "Have you found any places where God would have felt at home?" William asked me, looking down from his great height.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: The Name of the Rose

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on machines, novelty, and work

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 (1932 -)

Source: Postscript to The Name of the Rose (1984)

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on aim, exercise, inspiration, and reading

Today I realize that many recent exercises in "deconstructive reading" read as if inspired by my parody. This is parody's mission: it must never be afraid of going too far. If its aim is true, it simply heralds what others will later produce, unblushing, with impassive and assertive gravity.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: Preface to Misreadings (English translation 1993)

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on courage and fear

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

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

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