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Umberto Eco Quotes: "If you interact with things in your life, everything is constantly changing. And if nothing changes, you're an idiot."

If you interact with things in your life, everything is constantly changing. And if nothing changes, you're an idiot.




Umberto Eco Quotes: "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."

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

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



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

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




Umberto Eco Quotes: "I love the smell of book ink in the morning."

I love the smell of book ink in the morning.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "To survive, you must tell stories."

To survive, you must tell stories.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "But Italy is not an intellectual country. On the subway in Tokyo everybody reads. In Italy, they don't. Don't evaluate Italy from the fact that it produced Raphael and Michelangelo."

But Italy is not an intellectual country. On the subway in Tokyo everybody reads. In Italy, they don't. Don't evaluate Italy from the fact that it produced Raphael and Michelangelo.




Umberto Eco Quotes: "Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings."

Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "We are formed by little scraps of wisdom."

We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "Reflecting on these complex relationships between reader and story, fiction and life, can constitute a form of therapy against the sleep of reason, which generates monsters."

Reflecting on these complex relationships between reader and story, fiction and life, can constitute a form of therapy against the sleep of reason, which generates monsters.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "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."

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.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "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 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 Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Every great thinker is someone else's moron."

Every great thinker is someone else's moron.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "Love is wiser than wisdom."

Love is wiser than wisdom.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "We live for books."

We live for books.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "I always assume that a good book is more intelligent than its author. It can say things that the writer is not aware of."

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 Quotes: "Never affirm, always allude: allusions are made to test the spirit and probe the heart."

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



Umberto Eco Quotes: "I don't miss my youth. I'm glad I had one, but I wouldn't like to start over."

I don't miss my youth. I'm glad I had one, but I wouldn't like to start over.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "We are always remaking history. Our memory is always an interpretive reconstruction of the past, so is perspective."

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



Umberto Eco Quotes: "What is life if not the shadow of a fleeting dream?"

What is life if not the shadow of a fleeting dream?



Umberto Eco Quotes: "It is necessary to meditate early, and often, on the art of dying to succeed later in doing it properly just once."

It is necessary to meditate early, and often, on the art of dying to succeed later in doing it properly just once.



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

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



Umberto Eco Quotes: "When the writer (or the artist in general) says he has worked without giving any thought to the rules of the process, he simply means he was working without realizing he knew the rules."

When the writer (or the artist in general) says he has worked without giving any thought to the rules of the process, he simply means he was working without realizing he knew the rules.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "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."

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.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "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."

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.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "I like nicotine because it excites my brain and helps me work."

I like nicotine because it excites my brain and helps me work.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "For the enemy to be recognized and feared, he has to be in your home or on your doorstep."

For the enemy to be recognized and feared, he has to be in your home or on your doorstep.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "The more things you know, or pretend to know, the more powerful you are. It doesn't matter if the things are true. What counts, remember, is to possess a secret."

The more things you know, or pretend to know, the more powerful you are. It doesn't matter if the things are true. What counts, remember, is to possess a secret.




Umberto Eco Quotes: "A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams."

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



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

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



Umberto Eco Quotes: "We like lists because we don't want to die."

We like lists because we don't want to die.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "Books always speak of other books."

Books always speak of other books.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "We live for books. A sweet mission in this world dominated by disorder and decay."

We live for books. A sweet mission in this world dominated by disorder and decay.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "I have lost the freedom of not having an opinion."

I have lost the freedom of not having an opinion.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "Translation is the art of failure."

Translation is the art of failure.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "That is a real attitude - to see everything as being meaningful, even the less important things, to prove something, even the greater problems of life."

That is a real attitude - to see everything as being meaningful, even the less important things, to prove something, even the greater problems of life.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "When your true enemies are too strong, you have to choose weaker enemies."

When your true enemies are too strong, you have to choose weaker enemies.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "When you are on the dancefloor, there is nothing to do but dance."

When you are on the dancefloor, there is nothing to do but dance.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "If you want to use television to teach somebody, you must first teach them how to use television."

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



Umberto Eco Quotes: "You’ll come back To me . . . It’s written in the stars, you see, you’ll come back. You’ll come back, it’s a fact that I am strong because I do believe in you."

You’ll come back To me . . . It’s written in the stars, you see, you’ll come back. You’ll come back, it’s a fact that I am strong because I do believe in you.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "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."

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.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "I developed a passion for the Middle Ages the same way some people develop a passion for coconuts."

I developed a passion for the Middle Ages the same way some people develop a passion for coconuts.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "Writing doesn't mean necessarily putting words on a sheet of paper. You can write a chapter while walking or eating."

Writing doesn't mean necessarily putting words on a sheet of paper. You can write a chapter while walking or eating.



Umberto Eco Quotes: "Libraries have always been humanities' way of preserving its collective wisdom"

Libraries have always been humanities' way of preserving its collective wisdom



Umberto Eco Quotes: "True learning must not be content with ideas, which are, in fact, signs, but must discover things in their individual truth."

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



Umberto Eco Quotes: "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."

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.