Umberto Eco Quotes

Most popular Umberto Eco Quotes

One should not have the arrogance to declare that God does not exist.

agnostic

There is only one thing that arouses animals more than pleasure, and that is pain.

pain

The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.

heroism

The truth is a young maiden as modest as she is beautiful, and therefore she is always seen cloaked.

truth

A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements, clumsy hands.

libraries

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

ultimate reality

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.

writing novels

Under torture you are as if under the dominion of those grasses that produce visions.  Everything you have heard told, everything you have read returns to your mind, as if you were being transported, not toward heaven, but toward hell..

torture