#RIP: Umberto Eco

5 Quotes to Remember Him By:


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

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Nothing is more fleeting than the external form, which withers and alters like the flowers of the field at the appearance of autumn.

— Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose


Beauty is, in some way, boring. Even if its concept changes through the ages… a beautiful object must always follow certain rules. A beautiful nose shouldn’t be longer than that or shorter than that, on the contrary, an ugly nose can be as long as the one of Pinocchio, or as big as the trunk of an elephant, or like the beak of an eagle, and so ugliness is unpredictable, and offers an infinite range of possibility. Beauty is finite, ugliness is infinite like God.

— Umberto Eco, On The History Of Ugliness


I have lived the lives of Napoleon, Caesar, d’Artagnan. So I always encourage young people to read books, because it’s an ideal way to develop a great memory and a ravenous multiple personality. And then at the end of your life you have lived countless lives, which is a fabulous privilege.

— Umberto Eco

Feelings, alas, disappear without justification, and often without a trace.

— Umberto Eco

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