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Umberto Eco Quotes and Sayings

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

But now 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

In the United States there's a Puritan ethic and a mythology of success.
He who is successful is good.
In Latin countries, in Catholic countries,
a successful person is a sinner.
- Umberto Eco

When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing:
they believe in everything.
- Umberto Eco

 

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.
- Umberto Eco

Better reality than a dream: if something is real,
then it's real and you're not to blame.
- Umberto Eco

I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that
a text displays for continuing to generate different readings,
without ever being completely consumed.
- Umberto Eco

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Translation is the art of failure.
- Umberto Eco

Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.
- Umberto Eco

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

There is no great sport in having bullets flying about one in every direction,
but I find they have less horror when among them than when in anticipation.
- Umberto Eco

The comic is the perception of the opposite;
humor is the feeling of it.
- Umberto Eco

A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.
- Umberto Eco

Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to
make people laugh at the truth,
to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in
learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth.
- Umberto Eco

The good of a book lies in its being read.
A book is made up of signs that speak of other signs,
which in their turn speak of things.
Without an eye to read them, a book contains signs
that produce no concepts;
therefore it is dumb.
- Umberto Eco

A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time,
it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands.
so the librarian protects the books not only against
mankind but also against nature and devotes his life
to this war with the forces of oblivion.
- Umberto Eco

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- A Course in Miracles PHOTO

All that is real is seen with the heart.
- Vivian Greene

Life's real lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

Action is the real measure of intelligence.
- Napoleon Hill (author of the classic Think and Grow Rich)

Smell the smells, feel the fear,
and smile at the incoherent way
life runs us in circles
while inscribing the real lessons
in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where ignorance is our master,
there is no possibility of real peace.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

What is real is beyond all reach.
- Julian Green

Dispassionate objectivity is itself a passion,
for the real and for the truth.
- Abraham Maslow

Real love is accepting other people the way they are
without trying to change them.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
- The Buddha

Love: if you have to ask,
it's not the real thing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a Book of Riddles,
with the Real Lessons Writ Small in its Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To raise new questions, new possibilities,
to regard old problems from a new angle,
requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
- Albert Einstein

The real lessons from the book of life
are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is health that is real wealth,
and not pieces of gold and silver.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today;
it is rather the vital necessity of action today
to ensure our strength tomorrow.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Society is a masked ball,
where every one hides his real character,
and reveals it by hiding.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
- Confucius

Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
- Pema Chodron

Each one has to find his peace from within.
And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We tell the real truth of our life
by the stories we repeatedly tell.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We know nothing at all.
All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren.
The real nature of things we shall never know.
- Albert Einstein

Love is what we were born with.
Fear is what we learned here.
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- Marianne Williamson

The Book of Life is a Book of Riddles,
with its Real Lessons Writ Small in the Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Real excellence and humility are
not incompatible one with the other,
on the contrary they are twin sisters.
- Jean Baptiste Lacordaire

I do not wish to treat friendships daintily,
but with roughest courage.
When they are real, they are
not glass threads or frost-work,
but the solidest thing we know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot lose your real treasure.
- Osho

The making of friends, who are real friends,
is the best token we have of a man's success in life.
- Edward Everett Hale

Nothing can bring a real sense of security
into the home except true love.
- Billy Graham

If we are to teach real peace in this world,
and if we are to carry on a real war against war,
we shall have to begin with the children.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real.
- Neale Donald Walsch

Real friendships among men are so rare
that when they occur they are famous.
- Clarence Day

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

FEAR is an acronym in the English language
for "False Evidence Appearing Real."
- Neale Donald Walsch

The mind of man is continuously unfolding
into a greater recognition of its real plan
in the creative order of the Universe.
- Ernest Holmes

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded.
It's a relationship between equals.
Only when we know our own darkness well
can we be present with the darkness of others.
Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
- Pema Chodron

Visualize your end result as having already been accomplished.
Let the image of your success play on the giant screen
in full color with surround sound -
so real you can smell and taste it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The real us is pure love, pure light
- don Miguel Ruiz

A real friend is one who walks in
when the rest of the world walks out.
- Walter Winchell

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.
Without it, no real success is possible,
no matter whether it is on a section gang,
a football field, in an army, or in an office.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

What I cannot love, I overlook.
Is that real friendship?
- Anais Nin

The only real valuable thing is intuition.
- Albert Einstein

Mind is repetitive, mind always moves in circles.
Mind is a mechanism: you feed it with knowledge,
it repeats the same knowledge,
it goes on chewing the same knowledge again and again.
No-mind is clarity, purity, innocence.
No-mind is the real way to live,
the real way to know, the real way to be.
- Osho

Real love is never a selfish emotion.
If you want something from someone -
especially if that something is sex -
what you are feeling is not true love.
True love is about wanting happiness for the person you love -
and not about seeking happiness for yourself.
Fortunately, in most cases our own loving presence
is the greatest gift we can give to a person we love.
Nonetheless, the litmus test of love is knowing
we would choose never to see that person again
if we believed that distance would bring them greater happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anyone can be passionate, but
it takes real lovers to be silly.
- Rose Franken

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby

Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour
when every one has to throw off his mask?
Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked?
Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight
in order to avoid this? Or are you not terrified by it?
I have seen men in real life who so long deceived others
that at last their true nature could not reveal itself;...
In every man there is something which to a certain degree
prevents him from becoming perfectly transparent to himself;
and this may be the case in so high a degree,
he may be so inexplicably woven into relationships of life
which extend far beyond himself that he almost cannot reveal himself.
But he who cannot reveal himself cannot love,
and he who cannot love is the most unhappy man of all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

There are nine requisites for contented living:
HEALTH enough to make work a pleasure;
WEALTH enough to support your needs;
STRENGTH enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them;
GRACE enough to confess your sins and overcome them;
PATIENCE enough to toil until some good is accomplished;
CHARITY enough to see some good in your neighbor;
LOVE enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others;
FAITH enough to make real the things of God;
HOPE enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

My vision of a real humanity is of pure individuals
relating to each other, but not tied in any relationship.
They will be loving to each other,
but not being possessive of each other.
They will be sharing with each other
all their joys and all their blessings,
but never even in their dreams thinking of dominating,
thinking of enslaving the other person.
- Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh)

Everyone is a genius at least once a year;
a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
- Georg Lichtenberg

Money was never a big motivation for me,
except as a way to keep score.
The real excitement is playing the game.
- Donald Trump

Reality is wrong.
Dreams are for real.
- Tupac Shakur

What's the subject of life - to get rich? All of those
fellows out there getting rich could be dancing around
the real subject of life.
- Paul A. Volcker


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