Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.— Umberto Eco
The most sublime Umberto Eco quotes you will be delighted to read
When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.
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.
Absence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big.
The good of a book lies in its being read.
All the blogs, Facebook, Twitter are made by people who want to show their own private affairs at the price of making fakes, to try to appear such as they are not, to construct another personality, which is a veritable loss of identity.
There are four types: the cretin, the imbecile, the stupid and the mad.
Normality is a balanced mixture of all four.
We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death.
That's why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and, therefore, no end. It's a way of escaping thoughts about death. We like lists because we don't want to die.
I love the smell of book ink in the morning.
To survive, you must tell stories.
We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.
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.
Reflecting on these complex relationships between reader and story, fiction and life, can constitute a form of therapy against the sleep of reason, which generates monsters.
A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection - not an invitation for hypnosis.
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.
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.
Then why do you want to know?" "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.
You can be obsessed by remorse all your life, not because you chose the wrong thing- you can always repent, atone : but because you never had the chance to prove to yourself that you would have chosen the right thing.
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.
Every great thinker is someone else's moron.
My generation knew pretty well what happened 50 years before our birth.
Now I follow all the quiz programs because they are a paramount example of the span of memory of the young generation - they are able to remember everything that happened in their life but not before.
Originality and creativity are nothing but the result of the wise management of combinations. The creative genius combines more rapidly, and with a greater critical sense of what gets tossed out and what gets saved, the same material that the failed genius has to work with.
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.
Never affirm, always allude: allusions are made to test the spirit and probe the heart.
We are always remaking history. Our memory is always an interpretive reconstruction of the past, so is perspective.
What is life if not the shadow of a fleeting dream?
I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us.
Nothing is more fleeting than external form, which withers and alters like the flowers of the field at the appearance of autumn.
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.
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.
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.
For the enemy to be recognized and feared, he has to be in your home or on your doorstep.
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.
Translation is the art of failure.
You don't fall in love because you fall in love;
you fall in love because of the need, desperate, to fall in love. when you feel that need, you have to watch your step: like having drunk a philter, the kind that makes you fall in love with the first thing you meet. It could be a duck-billed platypus.
I think that at a certain age, say fifteen or sixteen, poetry is like masturbation. But later in life good poets burn their early poetry, and bad poets publish it. Thankfully I gave up rather quickly.
The comic is the perception of the opposite; humor is the feeling of it.
I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that a text displays for continuing to generate different readings, without ever being completely consumed.
I've always said that I learned the English I know through two sources -- Marvel Comics and Finnegans Wake.
All the stories I would like to write persecute me.
When I am in my chamber, it seems as if they are all around me, like little devils, and while one tugs at my ear, another tweaks my nose, and each says to me, 'Sir, write me, I am beautiful.
That is a real attitude - to see everything as being meaningful, even the less important things, to prove something, even the greater problems of life.
Writing doesn't mean necessarily putting words on a sheet of paper.
You can write a chapter while walking or eating.
Better reality than a dream: if something is real, then it's real and you're not to blame.
Libraries have always been humanities' way of preserving its collective wisdom
You’ll come back To me . . . It’s written in the stars, you see, you’ll come back. You’ll come back, it’s a fact that I am strong because I do believe in you.
If you want to use television to teach somebody, you must first teach them how to use television.
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.
The real hero is always a hero by mistake.
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.
A book is a fragile creature. It suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements, clumsy hands.
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.