Umberto Eco Quotes

Who is Umberto Eco?

Umberto Eco was an Italian novelist, literary critic, philosopher, semiotician, and university professor known for 'The Name of the Rose'.

Born January 05, 1932
Died February 19, 2016

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Best 14 Quotes by Umberto Eco

“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.”

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

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

“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...”

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

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

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

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

“To survive, you must tell stories.”

“We live for books.”

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

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

Foucault’s Pendulum Quotes

“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.”

Foucault’s Pendulum

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