Top 20 Quotes of Umberto Eco:
◉ When men stop believing in God, it isn’t that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.
◉ If you interact with things in your life, everything is constantly changing. And if nothing changes, you’re an idiot.
◉ There are four types: the cretin, the imbecile, the stupid and the mad. Normality is a balanced mixture of all four.
◉ 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.
◉ 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.
◉ Absence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big.
◉ The problem with the Internet is that it gives you everything – reliable material and crazy material. So the problem becomes, how do you discriminate?
◉ 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.
◉ Given that there are seven billion people living on this earth, there is a consistent quantity of imbecile or idiot, okay. Previously, these people could express themselves only with their friends or at the bar after two or three glasses of something, and they said every silliness, and people laughed. Now they have the possibility to show up on the internet. And so, on the internet, along with the messages of a lot of interesting and important people – even the Pope is writing on Twitter – we have a great quantity of idiots.
◉ 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.
◉ Beauty is, in some way, boring. Even if its concept changes through the ages… a beautiful object must always follow certain rules. A beautiful nose shouldn’t be longer than that or shorter than that, on the contrary, an ugly nose can be as long as the one of Pinocchio, or as big as the trunk of an elephant, or like the beak of an eagle, and so ugliness is unpredictable, and offers an infinite range of possibility. Beauty is finite, ugliness is infinite like God.
◉ Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings.
◉ Not long ago, if you wanted to seize political power in a country you had merely to control the army and the police. Today it is only in the most backward countries that fascist generals, in carrying out a coup d’état, still use tanks. If a country has reached a high degree of industrialization the whole scene changes…. Today a country belongs to the person who controls communications.
◉ To survive, you must tell stories.
◉ The Devil is not the Prince of Matter; the Devil is the arrogance of the spirit, faith without smile, truth that is never seized by doubt. The Devil is grim because he knows where he is going, and, in moving, he always returns whence he came.
◉ 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.
◉ Every great thinker is someone else’s moron.
◉ Dan Brown, is a character from Foucault’s Pendulum! I invented him. He shares my characters’ fascinations – the world conspiracy of Rosicrucians, Masons, and Jesuits. The role of the Knights Templar. The hermetic secret. The principle that everything is connected. I suspect Dan Brown might not even exist.
◉ A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.
◉ I love the smell of book ink in the morning.
🖎 Author: Umberto Eco
♛ Career: Essayist
📅 Life: January 5, 1932 – February 19, 2016
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