Umberto Eco Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old umberto eco quotes, umberto eco sayings, and umberto eco proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Nothing is more fleeting than external form, which withers and alters like the flowers of the field at the appearance of autumn.     

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Nothing is more fleeting than external form, which withers and alters like the flowers of the field at the appearance of autumn.     

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

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

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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 the little scraps of wisdom.     

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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.     

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Show not what has been done, but what can be. How beautiful the world would be if there were a procedure for moving through labyrinths.     

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If you want to use television to teach somebody, you must first teach them how to use television.     

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In the Middle Ages, cathedrals and convents burned like tinder; imagining a medieval story without a fire is like imagining a World War II movie in the Pacific without a fighter plane shot down in flames.     

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National identity is the last bastion of the dispossessed. But the meaning of identity is now based on hatred, on hatred for those who are not the same.     

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There is nothing more difficult to define than an aphorism.     

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A mystic is a hysteric who has met her confessor before her doctor.     

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Every great thinker is someone else's moron.     

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A novel is a machine for generating interpretations.     

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Entering a novel is like going on a climb in the mountains: You have to learn the rhythms of respiration - acquire the pace. Otherwise you stop right away.     

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Followers of the occult believe in only what they already know, and in those things that confirm what they have already learned.     

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The more elusive and ambiguous a symbol is, the more it gains significance and power.     

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Translation is the art of failure.     

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

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We are always remaking history. Our memory is always an interpretive reconstruction of the past, so is perspective.     

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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.      

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What we honor as prudence in our elders is simply panic in action.     

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I was in a maze. No matter which way I turned, it was the wrong way.     

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Two clichés make us laugh. A hundred cliches move us. For we sense dimly that the clichés are talking among themselves, and celebrating a reunion.     

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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.     

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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.     

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A sure sign of a lunatic is that sooner or later, he brings up the Templars.     

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The first quality of an honest man is contempt for religion, which would have us afraid of the most natural thing in the world, which is death; and would have us hate the one beautiful thing destiny has given us, which is life.     

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

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Since I became a novelist I have discovered that I am biased. Either I think a new novel is worse than mine and I don’t like it, or I suspect it is better than my novels and I don’t like it.     

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