Literary Birthday - 5 January - Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco was born 5 January 1932, died 19 February 2016

Umberto Eco: Top 10 Quotes

  1. 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. 
  2. We live for books.
  3. When men stop believing in God, it isn’t that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.
  4. I love the smell of book ink in the morning.
  5. 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.
  6. To survive, you must tell stories.
  7. All the stories I would like to write persecute me when I am in my chamber; it seems as if they are all around me, the little devils, and while one tugs at my ear, another tweaks my nose, and each says to me, ‘Sir, write me, I am beautiful’.
  8. 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.
  9. Fear prophets 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. 
  10. 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.

Eco was an Italian philosopher, literary critic, and novelist. He was best known for his novel The Name of the Rose, a mystery combining biblical analysis, medieval studies and, literary theory. The novel sold more than 30 million copies in 44 languages.

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