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
Contributed by: Zaady
The truth is a young maiden as modest as she is beautiful, and therefore she is always seen cloaked."
Source: The Island of the Day Before, Chapter 12
The truth is an anagram of an anagram.
In short, Roberto privately concluded, if you would avoid wars, never make treaties of peace.
Source: The Island of the Day Before, Chapter 5
"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.
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.
Source: The Island of the Day Before, Chapter 28
What we honor as prudence in our elders is simply panic in action.
Source: The Island of the Day Before, Chapter 8
Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.
The author should die once he has finished writing. So as not to trouble the path of the text.
Source: Postscript to The Name of the Rose (1984)
I believe that you can reach the point where there is no longer any difference between developing the habit of pretending to believe and developing the habit of believing.
Source: Foucault's Pendulum, Chapter 87
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