Umberto Eco

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Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco

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.More Umberto Eco [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.More Umberto Eco [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The postmodern reply to the modern consists of recognizing that the past, since it cannot really be destroyed, because its destruction leads to silence, must be revisited: but with irony, not innocently. I think of the postmodern attitude as that of a man who loves a very cultivated woman and knows he cannot say to her, I love you madly, because he knows that she knows (and that she knows that he knows) that these words have already been written by Barbara Cartland. Still, there is a solution. He can say, As Barbara Cartland would put it, I love you madly.More Umberto Eco [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is a constant in the average American imagination and taste, for which the past must be preserved and celebrated in full-scale authentic copy; a philosophy of immortality as duplication. It dominates the relation with the self, with the past, not infrequently with the present, always with History and, even, with the European tradition.More Umberto Eco [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The ideology of this America wants to establish reassurance through Imitation. But profit defeats ideology, because the consumers want to be thrilled not only by the guarantee of the Good but also by the shudder of the Bad.More Umberto Eco [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More Umberto Eco [08/24/2011 05:08:16]
Better reality than a dream: if something is real, then it's real and you're not to blame.More Umberto Eco [08/24/2011 05:08:32]
But now 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.More Umberto Eco [08/24/2011 05:08:38]
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.More Umberto Eco [08/24/2011 05:08:48]
In the United States there's a Puritan ethic and a mythology of success. He who is successful is good. In Latin countries, in Catholic countries, a successful person is a sinner.More Umberto Eco [08/24/2011 05:08:59]
Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.More Umberto Eco [08/24/2011 05:08:06]
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.More Umberto Eco [08/24/2011 05:08:12]
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.More Umberto Eco [08/24/2011 05:08:31]
There is no great sport in having bullets flying about one in every direction, but I find they have less horror when among them than when in anticipation.More Umberto Eco [08/24/2011 05:08:34]
Translation is the art of failure.More Umberto Eco [08/24/2011 05:08:39]
When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything. More Umberto Eco [08/24/2011 05:08:45]
We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death.More Umberto Eco [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
There are more people than you think who want to have a challenging experience, in which they are obliged to reflect about the past.More Umberto Eco [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
From lies to forgeries the step is not so long, and I have written technical essays on the logic of forgeries and on the influence of forgeries on history.More Umberto Eco [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The ideology of this America wants to establish reassurance through Imitation. But profit defeats ideology, because the consumers want to be thrilled not only by the guarantee of the Good but also by the shudder of the Bad.More Umberto Eco [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.More Umberto Eco [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More Umberto Eco [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More Umberto Eco [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
An idea you have might not be original. But by creating a novel out of that idea you can make it original.More Umberto Eco [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.More Umberto Eco [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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