Umberto Eco

1932 -

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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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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