Posts Tagged ‘Umberto Eco’

Quote of the day, June 26

June 26, 2017

Umberto Eco, on reality

“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.”

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Quote of the day, Jan. 22

January 22, 2017

Umberto Eco, on visual communication

“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.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 26

February 26, 2016

Umberto Eco, on books

“Books are not meant to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn’t ask ourselves what is say, but what it means.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 20

February 20, 2016

Umberto Eco, from the postscript to the Name of the Rose

“Entering a novel is like going on a climb in the moutains: you have to learn the rhythm of respiration, acquire the pace; otherwise you stop right away.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 25

August 25, 2015

Umberto Eco, on fathers (from Foucault’s Pendulum)

“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.”

Quote of the day, April 22

April 22, 2014

Umberto Eco, on books (1980)

“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 …”

Quote of the day, Feb. 26

February 26, 2014

Umberto Eco, on language

“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.”

Quote of the day, June 9

June 9, 2013

Umberto Eco, on books

“Until then I had thought each book spoke of the things, human or divine, that lie outside books. Now I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. (more…)