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    When someone has to intervene to defend the liberty of the press, that society is sick.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: society  liberty 
     
    You die, but most of what you have accumulated will not be lost; you are leaving a message in a bottle.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: die 
     
    Our life is full of empty space.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: space 
     
    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.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: truth  world  believe 
     
    Many people who no longer go to church end up falling prey to superstition.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: people  church 
     
    Today, political events are nullified unless they're on TV.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: political 
     
    Young people do not watch television; they are on the Internet.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: people  young  internet 
     
    There are books on our shelves we haven't read and doubtless never will, that each of us has probably put to one side in the belief that we will read them later on, perhaps even in another life.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: belief  book  read 
     
    There is nothing more difficult to define than an aphorism.
    — Umberto Eco
    If people buy my books for vanity, I consider it a tax on idiocy.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: people  book  tax 
     
    The grandeur of Jerusalem is also... its problem.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: problem 
     
    Berlusconi is a genius in communication. Otherwise, he would never have become so rich.
    — Umberto Eco
    Human beings are religious animals.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: animals  human  religious 
     
    At a certain moment, I decided to write a story. I had no more small children to tell them stories.
    — Umberto Eco
    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.
    — Umberto Eco
    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.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: knowing  learning 
     
    What is life if not the shadow of a fleeting dream?
    — Umberto Eco
    I always assume that a good book is more intelligent than its author. It can say things that the writer is not aware of.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: book  author 
     
    Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: language  poetry 
     
    The book is like the spoon, scissors, the hammer, the wheel. Once invented, it cannot be improved. You cannot make a spoon that is better than a spoon... The book has been thoroughly tested, and it's very hard to see how it could be improved on for its current purposes.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: book 
     
    Every great thinker is someone else's moron.
    — Umberto Eco
    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.
    — Umberto Eco
    Never affirm, always allude: allusions are made to test the spirit and probe the heart.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: heart  spirit 
     
    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.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: chance  right  wrong 
     
    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.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: men  heart  world  soul  devil 
     
    To survive, you must tell stories.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: stories 
     
    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.
    — Umberto Eco
    The thought that all experience will be lost at the moment of my death makes me feel pain and fear... What a waste, decades spent building up experience, only to throw it all away... We remedy this sadness by working. For example, by writing, painting, or building cities.
    — Umberto Eco
    I love the smell of book ink in the morning.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: book 
     
    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.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: believe  moment  wisdom  father 
     
    Absence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big.
    — Umberto Eco
    There are four types: the cretin, the imbecile, the stupid and the mad. Normality is a balanced mixture of all four.
    — Umberto Eco
    If you interact with things in your life, everything is constantly changing. And if nothing changes, you're an idiot.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: idiot 
     
    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.
    — Umberto Eco
    When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: men  believe  god 
     
    And we, inhabitants of the great coral of the Cosmos, believe the atom (which still we cannot see) to be full matter, whereas, it too, like everything else, is but an embroidery of voids in the Void, and we give the name of being, dense and even eternal, to that dance of inconsistencies, that infinite extension that is identified with absolute Nothingness and that spins from its own non-being the illusion of everything.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: believe  illusion  dance 
     
    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.
    — Umberto Eco
    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.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: age  bad  poetry  poet 
     
    We live for books. A sweet mission in this world dominated by disorder and decay.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: live  world  book 
     
    Translation is the art of failure.
    — Umberto Eco
    tags: failure 
     
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    umberto eco
    Birth    : January 5, 1932
    Death  : February 19, 2016
    Occupation  : Essayist