Umberto Eco

1932 -

A Quote by Umberto Eco on belief and habits

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.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: Foucault's Pendulum, Chapter 87

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on extremism, justice, laughter, energy, pain, pleasure, and sensuality

When all the archetypes burst out shamelessly, we plumb the depths of Homeric profundity. Two clichés make us laugh but a hundred clichés moves us because we sense dimly that the clichés are talking among themselves, celebrating a reunion. . . . Just as the extreme of pain meets sensual pleasure, and the extreme of perversion borders on mystical energy, so too the extreme of banality allows us to catch a glimpse of the Sublime.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: "Casablanca: Cult Movies and Intertextual Collage" (1984) from Travels in Hyperreality

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on behavior, belief, christ, christianity, god, good, interest, laughter, questions, reason, and sons

"But why doesn't the Gospel ever say that Christ laughed?" I asked, for no good reason. "Is Jorge right?" "Legions of scholars have wondered whether Christ laughed. The question doesn't interest me much. I believe he never laughed, because, omniscient as the son of God had to be, he knew how we Christians would behave. . . ."

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: The Name of the Rose

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A Quote by Umberto Eco on fame, immortality, and needs

In the construction of Immortal Fame you need first of all a cosmic shamelessness.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

Source: "Travels in Hyperreality" (1975) from Travels in Hyperreality

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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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