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 Post subject: Umberto Eco
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2002 1:07 am 

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Sorry I'm too lazy to use the "contribute quotes" feature. Here's some Eco quotes, thought I'd share...

"Television is the school book of modern adults, as much as it is the only authoritative school book for our children. Education, real education doesn't mean teaching young people to trust school. On the contrary, it consists of training young people to criticize school books and write their own school books. It was like that at the time of Socrates and I don't see any reason for giving up this attitude."
~Umberto Eco, "Can Television Teach?" Screen education 31, Summer, 1979

"A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for reflection, and not an invitation to hypnosis."
~ Umberto Eco, "Can Television Teach?" Screen education 31, Summer, 1979
http://interact.uoregon.edu/MediaLit/ml ... teach.html

There are four kinds of people in this world: cretins, fools, morons, and lunatics.
~Umberto Eco, in Foucault's Pendulum

"If two things don’t fit, but you believe both of them, thinking that somewhere, hidden, there must be a third thing that connects them, that’s credulity."
- Umberto Eco (1929-), Foucalt's Pendulum

But laughter is weakness, corruption, the foolishness of our flesh.
~Eco, Umberto, The Name of the Rose

"I take pride withal in my humiliation, and as I am to this privelege condemned, almost I find joy in the abhorent salvation; I am, I believe, alone of all our race, the only man in human memory to have been shipwrecked and cast up upon a deserted ship."
~ Umberto Eco, The Island of the Day Before

A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.
~Umberto Eco, Brother William in The Name of the Rose, "Sixth Day: After Terce" (1980; tr. 1983).

Hebrew inscription at the beginning of Foucault's Pendulum
Translated into English:
"When the Light of the Endless was drawn in the form of a straight line in the Void... it was not drawn and extended immediately downwards, indeed it extended slowly -- that is to say, at first the Line of Light began to extend and at the very start of its extension in the secret of the Line it was drawn and shaped into a wheel, perfectly circular all around."
--Gruberger, Philip S. (ed.) The Kabbalah: A Study of the Ten Luminous Emanations from Rabbi Isaac Luria with the Commentaries Sufficient for the Beginner. Vol. II, Jerusalem: Research Center of Kabbalah, 1973. p. 7.

"Solitude is a kind of freedom"
~found attributed to Umberto Eco at
but it is called a proverb at
http://www.oshinwil.ch/klassen/02.penfr ... verbs.html

'Not bad, not bad at all,' Diotallevi said. 'To arrive at the truth through the painstaking reconstruction of a false text.'
~Umberto Eco (1990, p.459) (source ?)

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