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12 beautiful Umberto Eco’s quotes

Umberto Eco, the italian bestselling author and eminent professor has died on February 19 2016 at age of 84.

Here some of his greatest books: The Name of the rose, The Prague cemetery, Baudolino, History of beauty, Diario minimo, The limits of interpretation… 

Umberto Eco, born Jan. 5, 1932, died Feb. 19, 2016.

Here some of the most unforgettable quotes:

1: “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, The Name of the Rose

2: “To survive, you must tell stories.”
Umberto Eco, The Island of the Day Before

3: “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, Foucault’s Pendulum

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

5: “People are never so completely and enthusiastically evil as when they act out of religious conviction.”
Umberto Eco, The Prague Cemetery

6: “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, The Name of the Rose

7: “All poets write bad poetry. Bad poets publish them, good poets burn them.”
Umberto Eco

8: “Love is wiser than wisdom.”
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

9: “What is life if not the shadow of a fleeting dream?”
Umberto Eco, Baudolino

10: “Entering a novel is like going on a climb in the mountains: you have to learn the rhythm of respiration, acquire the pace; otherwise you stop right away.”
Umberto Eco, Postscript to the Name of the Rose

11: “We live for books. A sweet mission in this world dominated by disorder and decay.”
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

12: “Show not what has been done, but what can be. How beautiful the world would be if there were a procedure for moving through labyrinths.”
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

 

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