Quotes by: Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco
Umberto Eco in 1984
Born (1932-01-05)5 January 1932
Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
Died 19 February 2016(2016-02-19) (aged 84)
Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Cause of death Pancreatic cancer
Alma mater University of Turin
Spouse(s) Renate Ramge
Era 20th/21st-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Continental philosophy
Main interests
Notable ideas
The "open work" (opera aperta), the "intention of the reader" ("intentio lectoris"), the "limits" of interpretation

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
Many people who no longer go to church end up falling prey to superstition.
Umberto Eco
Conspiracies do exist. Probably in this moment in New York there is an economic group making a conspiracy in order to buy three banks. But if they succeed, they are immediately discovered.
Umberto Eco
It comes down to a question of attention: it's difficult to use the Net distractedly, unlike the television or the radio.
Umberto Eco
It is psychologically very hard to go through life without the justification, and the hope, provided by religion.
Umberto Eco
To read a paper book is another experience: you can do it on a ship, on the branch of a tree, on your bed, even if there is a blackout.
Umberto Eco
When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.
Umberto Eco
Even today, I frequently meet scientists who, outside their own narrow discipline, are superstitious.
Umberto Eco
We are a pluralist civilisation because we allow mosques to be built in our countries, and we are not going to stop simply because Christian missionaries are thrown into prison in Kabul. If we did so, we, too, would become Taliban.
Umberto Eco
You die, but most of what you have accumulated will not be lost; you are leaving a message in a bottle.
Umberto Eco
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.
Umberto Eco
My grandfather had a particularly important influence on my life, even though I didn't visit him often, since he lived about three miles out of town and he died when I was six. He was remarkably curious about the world, and he read lots of books.
Umberto Eco
It is clear that when you write a story that takes place in the past, you try to show what really happened in those times. But you are always moved by the suspicion that you are also showing something about our contemporary world.
Umberto Eco
It is sometimes hard to grasp the difference between identifying with one's own roots, understanding people with other roots, and judging what is good or bad.
Umberto Eco
Followers of the occult believe in only what they already know, and in those things that confirm what they have already learned.
Umberto Eco
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
I think of myself as a serious professor who, during the weekend, writes novels.
Umberto Eco
Every time that I write a novel I am convinced for at least two years that it is the last one, because a novel is like a child. It takes two years after its birth. You have to take care of it. It starts walking, and then speaking.
Umberto Eco
Better reality than a dream: if something is real, then it's real and you're not to blame.
Umberto Eco

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