30 Best Umberto Eco Quotes

People Are Never So Completely And Enthusiastically Evil As When They Act Out Of Religious Conviction

Umberto Eco was an Italian novelist, essayist, literary critic, philosopher and semiotician. He was born on 5 January 1932 and died on 19 February 2016. He is best known for his historical mystery novel Il nome Della rosa (The Name of the Rose).

Following are the Umberto Eco Quotes about life and love.

Umberto Eco Quotes


“We live for books.”


“Love is wiser than wisdom.”


“To survive, you must tell stories.”


Translation Is The Art Of Failure. Umberto Eco Quotes


“The comic is the perception of the opposite; humor is the feeling of it.”


“Monsters exist because they are part of the divine plan, and in the horrible features of those same monsters the power of the creator is revealed.” Umbertoeco.com


“Any fact becomes important when it’s connected to another.”


“I love the smell of book ink in the morning.”


“Where else? I belong to a lost generation and am comfortable only in the company of others who are lost and lonely.”


To Survive, You Must Tell Stories. Umberto Eco Quotes


“People are never so completely and enthusiastically evil as when they act out of religious conviction.”


“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.”


“The thought that all experience will be lost at the moment of my death makes me feel pain and fear… What a waste, decades spent building up experience, only to throw it all away… We remedy this sadness by working. For example, by writing, painting, or building cities.”


“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.”


“Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another’s fear.”


Nothing Gives A Fearful Man More Courage Than Another'S Fear. Umberto Eco Quotes


“As the man said, for every complex problem there’s a simple solution, and it’s wrong.”


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


Great Expectations Quotes – Charles Dickens


“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…”


“Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry.”


“When you are on the dancefloor, there is nothing to do but dance.”


Love Is Wiser Than Wisdom. Umberto Eco Quotes


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


“Absence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big.”


“All poets write bad poetry. Bad poets publish them, good poets burn them.”


“Because 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.”


“The Internet gives us everything and forces us to filter it not by the workings of culture, but with our own brains. This risks creating six billion separate encyclopedias, which would prevent any common understanding whatsoever.”


I Love The Smell Of Book Ink In The Morning. Umberto Eco Quotes


“There are four types: the cretin, the imbecile, the stupid and the mad. Normality is a balanced mixture of all four.”


“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.”


“When men stop believing in God, it isn’t that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.”


“We were clever enough to turn a laundry list into poetry.”


“Translation is the art of failure.” Theguardian.com


We Live For Books. Umberto Eco Quotes


“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.”


“A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.”


“Then why do you want to know?”


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