In the construction of Immortal Fame you need first of all a cosmic shamelessness.
More Quotes from Umberto Eco:I believe that you can reach the point where there is no longer any difference between developing the habit of pretending to believe and developing the habit of believing.
A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.
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.
I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us.
'Then we are living in a place abandoned by God,' I said, disheartened. 'Have you found any places where God would have felt at home' William asked me, looking down from his great height.
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