November 15, 2016

Umberto Eco Quotes

“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 secret is powerful when it is empty. “

“Because of lies, we can produce and invent a possible world. “

“Certainly, light fiction exists and encompasses mysteries or second-class romance novels, books that are read on the beach, whose only aim is to entertain. These books are not concerned with style or creativity – instead they are successful because they are repetitive and follow a template that readers enjoy. “

“How does a person feel when looking at the sky? He thinks that he doesn’t have enough tongues to describe what he sees. Nevertheless, people have never stopping describing the sky, simply listing what they see. “

“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. “

“I think of myself as a serious professor who, during the weekend, writes novels. “

“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. “

“People are tired of simple things. They want to be challenged. “

“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. “

“Semiotics is a general theory of all existing languages… all forms of communication – visual, tactile, and so on… There is general semiotics, which is a philosophical approach to this field, and then there are many specific semiotics. “

“The function of memory is not only to preserve, but also to throw away. If you remembered everything from your entire life, you would be sick. “

“The mobile phone… is a tool for those whose professions require a fast response, such as doctors or plumbers. “

“The problem with the Internet is that it gives you everything – reliable material and crazy material. So the problem becomes, how do you discriminate? “

“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. “

“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. “

“To play the trumpet, you must train your lips for a long time. When I was twelve or thirteen I was a good player, but I lost the skill and now I play very badly. I do it every day even so. The reason is that I want to return to my childhood. For me, the trumpet is evidence of the sort of young man I was. “

“Translation is the art of failure. “

“We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death. “

“What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. “

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

“When someone has to intervene to defend the liberty of the press, that society is sick. “

“When the poet is in love, he is incapable of writing poetry on love. He has to write when he remembers that he was in love. “

“You die, but most of what you have accumulated will not be lost; you are leaving a message in a bottle. “