True learning must not be content with ideas, which are, in fact, signs, but must discover things in their individual truth.
("The Name of the Rose")
More Quotes from Umberto Eco:'You cannot believe what you are saying.' 'Well, no. Hardly ever. But the philosopher is like the poet. The latter composes ideal letters for an ideal nymph, only to plumb with his words the depths of passion. The philosopher tests the coldness of his gaze, to see how far he can undermine the fortress of bigotry.'
I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us.
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
As the man said, for every complex problem there's a simple solution, and it's wrong.
What we honor as prudence in our elders is simply panic in action.
In short, Roberto privately concluded, if you would avoid wars, never make treaties of peace.
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