Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco

Italian writer

Lived from: 1932 -

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Umberto Eco

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    A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.
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    A secret is powerful when it is empty.
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    Beauty is boring because it is predictable.
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    Because of lies, we can produce and invent a possible world.
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    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.
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    I always assume that a good book is more intelligent than its author. It can say things that the writer is not aware of.
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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.
    Source: De slinger van Foucault (2007) 60
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    I consider always the adult life to be the continuous retrieval of childhood.
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    I don't miss my youth. I'm glad I had one, but I wouldn't like to start over.
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    I feel that I am a scholar who only with the left hand writes novels.
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    I have a good memory. But I would be interested in memory even if I had a bad memory, because I believe that memory is our soul. If we lose our memory completely, we are without a soul.
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    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.
    Source: De slinger van Foucault (2007) 104
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    I have lost the freedom of not having an opinion.
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    I think a book should be judged 10 years later, after reading and re-reading it.
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    I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that a text displays for continuing to generate different readings, without ever being completely consumed.
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