Umberto Eco

1932 -

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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A Quote by Umberto Eco on authors, death, trouble, writing, and path

The author should die once he has finished writing. So as not to trouble the path of the text.

Umberto Eco (1932 -)

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

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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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