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Umberto Eco’s “Foucault’s Pendulum” Quotes (17 Quotes)


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  • I should be at peace. I have understood. Don't some say that peace comes when you understand? I have understood. I should be at peace. Who said that peace derives from the contemplation of order, order understood, enjoyed, realized without residuum, in joy and truimph, the end of effort? All is clear, limpid; the eye rests on the whole and on the parts and sees how the parts have conspired to make the whole; it perceives the center where the lymph flows, the breath, the root of the whys....
    (Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum")

  • I was becoming addicted, Diotallevi was becoming corrupted, Belbo was becoming converted. But all of us were slowly losing that intellectual light that allows you always to tell the similar from the identical, the metaphorical from the real.
    (Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum")

  • Jacopo Belbo didn't understand that he had had his moment and that it would have to be enough for him, for all his life. Not recognizing it, he spent the rest of his days seeking something else, until he damned himself.
    (Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum")

  • The lunatic is all idée fixe, and whatever he comes across confirms his lunacy. You can tell him by the liberties he takes with common sense, by his flashes of inspiration, and by the fact that sooner or later he brings up the Templars.
    (Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum")

  • We were clever enough to turn a laundry list into poetry.
    (Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum")


  • What did I really think fifteen years ago? A nonbeliever, I felt guilty in the midst of all those believers. And since it seemed to me that they were in the right, I decided to believe, as you might decide to take an aspirin: It can't hurt and you might get better.
    (Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum")

  • Any fact becomes important when it's connected to another.
    (Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum")

  • Whoever reflects on four things I would be better if he were never born: that which is above, that which is below, that which is before, that which is after.
    (Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum")

  • As the man said, for every complex problem there's a simple solution, and it's wrong.
    (Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum")

  • But if there is no cosmic Plan? What a mockery, to live in exile when no one sent you there. Exile from a place, moreover, that does not exist.
    (Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum")

  • But this lump does not absolve me, because I got it through heedlessness, not though courage. I run my tongue over my lip and what do I do? I write. But bad literature brings no redemption.
    (Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum")

  • Each of us is sometimes a cretin, a fool, a moron, or a lunatic. A normal person is just a reasonable mix of these components, these four ideal types.
    (Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum")

  • From shit, thus, I extract pure Shinola
    (Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum")

  • He had prepared his death much earlier, in his imagination, unaware that his imagination, more creative than he, was planning the reality of that death.
    (Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum")

  • How clear everything becomes when you look from the darkness of a dungeon.
    (Umberto Eco, "Foucault's Pendulum")


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