The 100 Best Phrases of Umberto Eco

I leave you the 100 best Umberto Eco's Phrases , Philosopher, university professor and one of the best writers of the last century, being The name of the rose, The pendulum of Foucault and The island of the day before His best known works.

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1-I love the smell of ink on a book in the morning.

2-Our life is full of empty spaces.

3-People are tired of simple things, they want to be challenged.

4-I think what we do depends on what our parents teach us at times, when they are not trying to teach us. We are made up of small pieces of wisdom.

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

6-When men stop believing in God, they do not believe in anything, they believe in everything.

7-The true hero is always a hero by mistake; He dreams of being an honest coward like everyone else.

8-We live for books.

9-To survive, you must tell stories.

10-In the United States there is a Puritan ethic and a mythology of success. The one who succeeds is good. In Latin countries, in Catholic countries, a successful person is a sinner.

11-Love is wiser than wisdom.

12-Dreaming during the day is like the sin of the flesh; The more you have, the more you want.

13-Nothing is more harmful to creativity than the fury of inspiration

14-When the poet is in love, he is unable to write poetry about love. He has to write when he remembers that he was in love.

15-A secret is powerful when it is empty.

16-What is life but the shadow of a fleeting dream?

17-Translation is the art of failure.

18-We have a limit, a very discouraging, a humiliating limit: death.

19-Any fact becomes important when connected to another.

20-I believe in myself as a serious teacher who, during the weekend, writes novels.

"We were smart enough to turn a laundry list into poetry.

22-We live for books, a sweet mission in this world dominated by disorder and decay.

23-Nothing gives one fearful man more courage than the fear of another.

24-A dream is a scripture and many scriptures are nothing more than a dream.

25-Better reality than a dream: if something is real, then it is real and it is not your fault.

26-I do not see the point of having 80 million people online if all they are doing at the end is talking to ghosts in the suburbs.

27-Maybe I'm not as wise as I like to think I am.

28-If you want to use television to teach someone, you must first teach them how to use television.

29-Creativity can only be anarchic, capitalist, Darwinian.

30-I do not know, maybe we're always looking for the right place, maybe we have it within reach, but we do not recognize it. Maybe to recognize it, we have to believe in it.

31-Every one of us is sometimes an asshole, a fool, a fool or a fool. A normal person is only a reasonable combination of these components, these four ideal types.

32-I think a book should be tried 10 years later, after reading it and re-reading it.

33-Wisdom is not to destroy idols, but to never create them.

34. I suspect that there is no serious scholar who does not like to watch television. I am the only one who confesses.

35-Today political events are annulled unless they are on television.

36-There are books that are for the public and books that make their own public.

37-The Enlightenment, the age of reason, is seen as the beginning of modern depravity.

38-Do not close my lips by opening yours.

39-Beauty is boring because it is predictable.

"I suspect, I always suspect.

41-The ethical instance comes not when we pretend that there are no enemies, but when you try to understand them, put yourself in their place.

42-If people buy my books out of vanity, I think it's a tax on idiocy.

43-If a shepherd fails, he must be separated from the other shepherds, but alas if the sheep begin to distrust the shepherds!

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

45-How not to fall on your knees before the altar of certainty?

46. ​​The followers of the occult believe only in what they already know, and in those things that confirm what they have already learned.

47-Books often talk about books.

48-It's a myth of publishers that people want to read easy things.

49-There is nothing better than to imagine other worlds to forget how painful the world we live in.

50. I have lost the freedom of not having an opinion.

51-The mystical additions and subtractions always go out in the desired way.

52-There is nothing more difficult to define than an aphorism.

53-How beautiful was the spectacle of nature still untouched by the perverse wisdom of man!

54-One can be a great poet and be politically stupid.

55. True love wants the good of the beloved.

56-We like lists because we do not want to die.

57-When I went from being an academic to being a member of the writing community, some of my former colleagues saw me with some resentment.

To try to understand the other means to destroy the clichés that surround it, without denying or erasing its otherness.

59-Memory is a temporary resource for humans, for whom time flies and what is past is past.

60-Sometimes it is difficult to understand the difference between identifying with one's roots, understanding people with other roots and judging what is good or bad.

61-There is nothing to occupy and tie the heart more than love. That is why, when he has no weapons to govern himself, the soul sinks, through love, into the deepest ruins.

62-I would define the poetic effect as the ability that a text teaches to continue generating different readings, without being consumed completely.

63-It is difficult to accept the idea that there can be no order in the universe because it would be to offend God's free will and omnipotence. So the freedom of God is our condemnation, or at least condemnation of our pride.

64-It is impossible to change the people of God without reincorporating the marginalized.

65-Creativity means knowing who we are. It's jazz without music, it's a flow of energy. Being creative is being brave.

66-There are more people than you think they want to have a challenging experience, in which they are forced to reflect on the past.

67-All of ideals and no ideas.

68. The French, the Italians, the Germans, the Spaniards, and the English have spent centuries killing one another.

69-Not all truths are for all ears.

70-The book is a fragile creature. It suffers the passage of time, the harassment of rodents and clumsy hands, so the librarian protects the books not only against the human race but also against nature, devoting his life to this war against the forces of forgetfulness.

71-Nothing is more valuable to fear than fear of others.

72. Poetry is not a question of feelings, it is a question of language. It is a language that creates feelings.

73. Love flourishes in expectation. The expectation gives a walk through the wide fields of time towards opportunity.

"If someone writes a book and does not care about the survival of that book, he's an asshole."

75. I lacked the courage to investigate the weaknesses of the wicked, for I have discovered that they are the same as the weaknesses of the saints.

76-Humans are religious animals.

77-There are more books in the world than hours to read them. We are therefore deeply influenced by the books we have not read, which we have not had the time to read.

78. Art only offers alternatives to those who are not prisoners of the mass media.

79-The Internet is like a great inventory (of information), but it does not constitute memory itself.

80-It is psychologically very difficult to go through life without the justification and hope provided by religion.

81-In a story there is always a reader, and this reader is a fundamental ingredient of success in the process of storytelling.

82. Laughter is weakness, corruption, the insipidity of our flesh.

83. There is no progress, there is no revolution of the times in the vicissitudes of knowledge, but, at most, permanent and sublime recapitulation.

84. Superstition brings bad luck.

"I have come to believe that the world is an enigma, but an innocent enigma made terrible by our mad attempt to interpret everything as if there were an underlying truth.

86-The poets did not win; The philosophers surrendered.

Art is a serious business.

88-Classical mythology is a catalog of indescribable cruelty: It is a world dominated by evil, where even the most beautiful beings carry out atrocities.

89-By reading the narrative, we escape the anxiety that attacks us when we try to say something about the world.

90-A scoundrel is a heliotrope always turning in the direction of the most powerful.

91-When you live by cultivating impossible hopes, you are already a loser. And when you realize, you sink.

92-The library is a testimony to truth and error.

The devil is not the prince of matter, the devil is the arrogance of the spirit, faith without smile, truth never touched by doubt.

94-Without eyes that read it, a book contains signs that do not produce concepts. And therefore, it is mute.

We are cowards when we feel cowardly.

96-When nature fails, we return to art.

97- It is born always under the wrong sign and living with dignity means to correct day by day the horoscope itself.

98-Simple mechanisms do not love.

99-The wise is not the one who discriminates, it is the one who combines the shreds of light, whatever its source.

100-The task of a novel is to teach delighting, and what it teaches is to recognize the insidias of the world.

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