35 Inspirational Umberto Eco Quotes On Success

35 Inspirational Umberto Eco Quotes On Success

Umberto Eco OMRI was an Italian medievalist, philosopher, semiotician, cultural critic, political and social commentator, and novelist. In English, he is best known for his popular 1980 novel The Name of the Rose, a historical mystery combining semiotics in fiction with biblical analysis, medieval studies, and literary theory, and Foucault’s Pendulum, his 1988 novel which touches on similar themes. Eco wrote prolifically throughout his life, with his output including children’s books, translations from French and English, and a twice-monthly newspaper column “La Bustina di Minerva” (Minerva’s Matchbook) in the magazine L’Espresso beginning in 1985, with his last column (a critical appraisal of the Romantic paintings of Francesco Hayez) appearing 27 January 2016. At the time of his death, he was an emeritus professor at the University of Bologna, where he taught for much of his life. May these Umberto Eco Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “I love the smell of book ink in the morning.” Umberto Eco

2. “The only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth.” Umberto Eco

3. “Love is wiser than wisdom.” Umberto Eco

4. “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.” Umberto Eco

5. “We live for books. A sweet mission in this world dominated by disorder and decay.” Umberto Eco

6. “Every great thinker is someone else’s moron.” Umberto Eco

7. Never affirm, always allude: allusions are made to test the spirit and probe the heart.” Umberto Eco

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

9. “True learning must not be content with ideas, which are, in fact, signs, but must discover things in their individual truth.” Umberto Eco

10. “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

11. “Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings.” Umberto Eco

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

13. “There is only one thing that you write for yourself, and that is a shopping list.” Umberto Eco

14. “If you interact with things in your life, everything is constantly changing. And if nothing changes, you’re an idiot.” Umberto Eco

15. “For the enemy to be recognized and feared, he has to be in your home or on your doorstep.” Umberto Eco

16. “We are always remaking history. Our memory is always an interpretive reconstruction of the past, so is perspective.” Umberto Eco

17. “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

18. “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

19. “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.” Umberto Eco

20. “What is life if not the shadow of a fleeting dream?” Umberto Eco

21. “The wise man does not discriminate, he gathers all the shreds of light, from wherever they may come.” Umberto Eco

22. “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.” Umberto Eco

23. 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.” Umberto Eco

24. “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

25. “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

26. “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

27. “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.” Umberto Eco

28. “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

29. “The real hero is always a hero by mistake.” Umberto Eco

30. “Absence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big.” Umberto Eco

31. “To survive, you must tell stories.” Umberto Eco

32. “My generation knew pretty well what happened 50 years before our birth. Now I follow all the quiz programs because they are a paramount example of the span of memory of the young generation – they are able to remember everything that happened in their life but not before.” Umberto Eco

33. “We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” Umberto Eco

34. “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

35. “There are four types: the cretin, the imbecile, the stupid and the mad. Normality is a balanced mixture of all four.” Umberto Eco

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