Umberto Eco Quotes

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Umberto Eco was a philosopher and novelist who published multiple best-selling novels that have been adopted for films. Some of the popular novels written by Umberto Eco are The Name of the Rose, Foucault’s Pendulum, The Prague Cemetery, Baudolino, The Island of the Day Before, Numero Zero, History of Beauty, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana and many others.

Here are some best Umberto Eco quotes on love, beauty, reading, social media and many other interesting topics of life:

Best Umberto Eco Quotes

Best Umberto Eco Quotes

1. We live for books. -Umberto Eco

2. To survive, you must tell stories. -Umberto Eco

3. I love the smell of book ink in the morning. -Umberto Eco

4. What is life if not the shadow of a fleeting dream? -Umberto Eco

5. Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another’s fear. -Umberto Eco

6. A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams. -Umberto Eco

7. Losers, like autodidacts, always know much more than winners. If you want to win, you need to know just one thing and not to waste your time on anything else: the pleasures of erudition are reserved for losers. The more a person knows, the more things have gone wrong. -Umberto Eco

8. The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.

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9. When you are on the dancefloor, there is nothing to do but dance. -Umberto Eco

10. The comic is the perception of the opposite; humor is the feeling of it. -Umberto Eco

11. All poets write bad poetry. Bad poets publish them, good poets burn them. -Umberto Eco

12. People are never so completely and enthusiastically evil as when they act out of religious conviction. -Umberto Eco

13. When men stop believing in God, it isn’t that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything. -Umberto Eco

14. Someone said that patriotism is the last refuge of cowards; those without moral principles usually wrap a flag around themselves, and those bastards always talk about the purity of race. -Umberto Eco

15. I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that a text displays for continuing to generate different readings, without ever being completely consumed. -Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco Quotes On Love

Umberto Eco Quotes On Love

16. Absence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big. -Umberto Eco

17. 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

18. 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.

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19. He who falls in love in bars doesn’t need a woman all his own. He can always find one on loan. -Umberto Eco

20. 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. -Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco Quotes On Beauty

Umberto Eco Quotes On Beauty

21. The beauty of the universe consists not only of unity in variety, but also of variety in unity. -Umberto Eco

22. Beauty is boring because it is predictable.

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23. Beauty is, in some ways, boring. Even if its concept changes through the ages, nevertheless a beautiful object must always follow certain rules … Ugliness is unpredictable and offers an infinite range of possibilities. Beauty is finite. Ugliness is infinite, like God. -Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco Quotes On Reading

Umberto Eco Quotes On Reading

24. I have to admit that I only read ‘War and Peace’ when I was 40. But I knew the basics before then. -Umberto Eco

25. As an adolescent I wrote comic books, because I read lots of them, and fantasy novels set in Malaysia and Central Africa. -Umberto Eco

26. To read a paper book is another experience: you can do it on a ship, on the branch of a tree, on your bed, even if there is a blackout. -Umberto Eco

27. To read fiction means to play a game by which we give sense to the immensity of things that happened, are happening, or will happen in the actual world. By reading narrative, we escape the anxiety that attacks us when we try to say something true about the world. This is the consoling function of narrative — the reason people tell stories, and have told stories from the beginning of time. -Umberto Eco

28. The good of a book lies in its being read. A book is made up of signs that speak of other signs, which in their turn speak of things. Without an eye to read them, a book contains signs that produce no concepts; therefore it is dumb.

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29. There are more books in the world than hours in which to read them. We are thus deeply influenced by books we haven’t read, that we haven’t had the time to read. -Umberto Eco

30. But Italy is not an intellectual country. On the subway in Tokyo everybody reads. In Italy, they don’t. Don’t evaluate Italy from the fact that it produced Raphael and Michelangelo. -Umberto Eco

31. My grandfather had a particularly important influence on my life, even though I didn’t visit him often, since he lived about three miles out of town and he died when I was six. He was remarkably curious about the world, and he read lots of books. -Umberto Eco

32. My maternal grandmother – she was a compulsive reader. She had only been through five grades of elementary school, but she was a member of the municipal library, and she brought home two or three books a week for me. They could be dime novels or Balzac. -Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco Quotes About Social Media

Umberto Eco Quotes About Social Media

33. Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community…but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It’s the invasion of the idiots

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Umberto Eco Foucault’s Pendulum Quotes

Umberto Eco Foucault's Pendulum Quotes

34. We were clever enough to turn a laundry list into poetry. -Umberto Eco

35. Any fact becomes important when it’s connected to another. -Umberto Eco

36. How clear everything becomes when you look from the darkness of a dungeon. -Umberto Eco

37. As the man said, for every complex problem there’s a simple solution, and it’s wrong. -Umberto Eco

38. Everything is repeated, in a circle. History is a master because it teaches us that it doesn’t exist. It’s the permutations that matter. -Umberto Eco

39. But if there is no cosmic Plan? What a mockery, to live in exile when no one sent you there. Exile from a place, moreover, that does not exist. -Umberto Eco

40. The belief that time is a linear, directed sequence running from A to B is a modern illusion. In fact, it can also go from B to A, the effect producing the cause. -Umberto Eco

41. I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth. -Umberto Eco

42. The singularity of the point of suspension, the duality of the plane’s dimensions, the triadic beginning of pi, the secret quadratic nature of the root, and the unnumbered perfection of the circle itself. -Umberto Eco

43. I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.

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44. They dwell in my light, while I dwell in unbearable darkness, the source of that light. -Umberto Eco

45. Whoever reflects on four things I would be better if he were never born: that which is above, that which is below, that which is before, that which is after. -Umberto Eco

46. You are always born under the wrong sign, and to live in this world properly you have to rewrite your own horoscope day by day. -Umberto Eco

48. I don’t know, maybe we’re always looking for the right place, maybe it’s within reach, but we don’t recognize it. Maybe to recognize it, we have to believe in it. -Umberto Eco

48. 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

49. I was the type who looked at discussions of What Is Truth only with a view toward correcting the manuscript. If you were to quote “I am that I am,” for example, I thought that the fundamental problem was where to put the comma, inside the quotation marks or outside. -Umberto Eco

50. I believe all sin, love, glory are this: when you slide down the knotted sheets, escaping from Gestapo headquarters, and she hugs you, there, suspended, and she whispers that she’s always dreamed of you. The rest is just sex, copulation, the perpetuation of the vile species. -Umberto Eco

51. I knew the earth was rotating, and I with it, and Saint-Martin-des-Champs and all Paris with me, and that together we were rotating beneath the Pendulum, whose own plane never changed direction, because up there, along the infinite extrapolation of its wire beyond the choir ceiling, up toward the most distant galaxies, lay the Only Fixed Point in the universe, eternally unmoving. -Umberto Eco

52. I should be at peace. I have understood. Don’t some say that peace comes when you understand? I have understood. I should be at peace. Who said that peace derives from the contemplation of order, order understood, enjoyed, realized without residuum, in joy and triumph, the end of effort? All is clear, limpid; the eye rests on the whole and on the parts and sees how the parts have conspired to make the whole; it perceives the center where the lymph flows, the breath, the root of the whys. -Umberto Eco

53. There are four kinds of people in this world: cretins, fools, morons, and lunatics…Cretins don’t even talk; they sort of slobber and stumble…Fools are in great demand, especially on social occasions. They embarrass everyone but provide material for conversation…Fools don’t claim that cats bark, but they talk about cats when everyone else is talking about dogs. They offend all the rules of conversation, and when they really offend, they’re magnificent…Morons never do the wrong thing. They get their reasoning wrong. Like the fellow who says that all dogs are pets and all dogs bark, and cats are pets, too, therefore cats bark…Morons will occasionally say something that’s right, but they say it for the wrong reason…A lunatic is easily recognized. He is a moron who doesn’t know the ropes. The moron proves his thesis; he has logic, however twisted it may be. The lunatic on the other hand, doesn’t concern himself at all with logic; he works by short circuits. For him, everything proves everything else. The lunatic is all idée fixe, and whatever he comes across confirms his lunacy. You can tell him by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration, and by the fact that sooner or later he brings up the Templars…There are lunatics who don’t bring up the Templars, but those who do are the most insidious. At first they seem normal, then all of a sudden. -Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco Name Of The Rose Quotes

Umberto Eco Name Of The Rose Quotes

54. Love is wiser than wisdom. -Umberto Eco

55. Yesterday’s rose endures in its name, we hold empty names. -Umberto Eco

56. Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another’s fear. -Umberto Eco

57. We live for books. A sweet mission in this world dominated by disorder and decay. -Umberto Eco

58. Learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do. -Umberto Eco

59. Daytime sleep is like the sin of the flesh; the more you have the more you want, and yet you feel unhappy, sated and unsated at the same time. -Umberto Eco

60. This, in fact, is the power of the imagination, which, combining the memory of gold with that of the mountain, can compose the idea of a golden mountain. -Umberto Eco

61. A monk should surely love his books with humility, wishing their good and not the glory of his own curiosity; but what the temptation of adultery is for laymen and the yearning for riches is for secular ecclesiastics, the seduction of knowledge is for monks. -Umberto Eco

62. We stopped to browse in the cases, and now that William – with his new glasses on his nose – could linger and read the books, at every title he discovered he let out exclamations of happiness, either because he knew the work, or because he had been seeking it for a long time, or finally because he had never heard it mentioned and was highly excited and titillated. In short, for him every book was like a fabulous animal that he was meeting in a strange land. -Umberto Eco

63. Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn’t ask ourselves what it says but what it means.

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64. A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams. -Umberto Eco

65. How beautiful was the spectacle of nature not yet touched by the often perverse wisdom of man! -Umberto Eco

66. True learning must not be content with ideas, which are, in fact, signs, but must discover things in their individual truth. -Umberto Eco

67. Show not what has been done, but what can be. How beautiful the world would be if there were a procedure for moving through labyrinths. -Umberto Eco

68. 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

69. Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them. -Umberto Eco

70. 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. -Umberto Eco

71. A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion. -Umberto Eco

72. The older I grow and the more I abandon myself to God’s will, the less I value intelligence that wants to know and will that wants to do; and as the only element of salvation I recognize faith, which can wait patiently, without asking too many questions. -Umberto Eco

73. What is love? There is nothing in the world, neither man nor Devil nor any thing, that I hold as suspect as love, for it penetrates the soul more than any other thing. Nothing exists that so fills and binds the heart as love does. Therefore, unless you have those weapons that subdue it, the soul plunges through love into an immense abyss. -Umberto Eco