Umberto Eco Quotes

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Self-described medievalist, the culture critics also a philosopher of literary theory focused on the intention of the reader (opera aperta). Also the limits of our interpretation (intentio lectori) from French and English of many linguistic ideas. Such as classic semiotic fields as film and comics semantics. Making his debut on ungroovygords, more fuel to stuff you have not heard about for!

  • Never affirm, always allude: allusions are made to test the spirit and probe the heart.
  • 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
  • The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else
  • 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
  • Thus I rediscovered what writers have always known (and have told us again and again): books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told.
  • We were clever enough to turn a laundry list into poetry.
  • Fear prophets, Adso, 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.
  • 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
  • True learning must not be content with ideas, which are, in fact, signs, but must discover things in their individual truth
  • 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.
  • Each of us is sometimes a cretin, a fool, a moron, or a lunatic. A normal person is just a reasonable mix of these components, these four ideal types.
  • The order that our mind imagines is like a net, or like a ladder, built to attain something. But afterward you must throw the ladder away, because you discover that, even if it was useful, it was meaningless.
  • 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.
  • A narrator should not supply interpretations of his work; otherwise he would have not written a novel, which is a machine for generating interpretations.
  • The author should die once he has finished writing. So as not to trouble the path of the text.
  • But the purpose of a story is to teach and to please at once, and what it teaches is how to recognize the snares of the world.
  • I believe that you can reach the point where there is no longer any difference between developing the habit of pretending to believe and developing the habit of believing.
  • I don’t know, maybe we’re always looking for the right place, maybe it’s within reach, but we don’t recognize it. Maybe to recognize it, we have to believe in it.
  • This, in fact, is the power of the imagination, which, combining the memory of gold with that of the mountain, can compose the idea of a golden mountain.
  • National identity is the last bastion of the dispossessed. But the meaning of identity is now based on hatred, on hatred for those who are not the same.
  • 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.
  • The list could surely go on, and there is nothing more wonderful than a list, instrument of wondrous hypotyposis.
  • The beauty of the universe consists not only of unity in variety, but also of variety in unity.
  • The belief that time is a linear, directed sequence running from A to B is a modern illusion. In fact, it can also go from B to A, the effect producing the cause.

From shit, thus, I extract pure Shinola – 1932-2016

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