Quotes by Umberto Eco
- 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.
- A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.
- 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.
- The comic is the perception of the opposite humor is the feeling of it.
- The real hero is always a hero by mistake he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.
- There are more people than you think who want to have a challenging experience, in which they are obliged to reflect about the past.
- Translation is the art of failure.
- We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death.