Arrivederci* to Umberto Eco


The author of international hit ‘The name of the rose’ died on Friday. He was outstanding face of European intellectualism and did remarkable literary works.

Here we remember some of the great quotes from his books.

“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.” –

“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.”

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

”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.”

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

“As the man said, for every complex problem there’s a simple solution, and it’s wrong.”