Umberto Eco

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I was a fervent Catholic, and I belonged to the national organizations, even becoming one of the national leaders, until the age of 21, 22.

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There are more books in the world than hours in which to read them. We are thus deeply influenced by books we haven't read, that we haven't had the time to read.

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Our most noted satirists are true columnists, and their opinions can be worth more than any well-documented expose.

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I don't want to write a novel per year. I know that I need a break of one or two years. So maybe I invent some new, urgent activity so I don't fall into the trap of starting a new novel.

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I feel that I am a scholar who only with the left hand writes novels.

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Human beings are religious animals.

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The author may not interpret. But he must tell why and how he wrote his book.

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At a certain moment, I decided to write a story. I had no more small children to tell them stories.

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As a scholar I am interested in the philosophy of language, semiotics, call it what you want, and one of the main features of the human language is the possibility of lying.

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I write what I write.

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Political satire is a serious thing. In democratic newspapers throughout the world there are daily cartoons that often are not even funny, as is the case especially in many English-language newspapers. Instead, they contain a political message, and the artist takes full responsibility.

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Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings.

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If somebody writes a book and doesn't care for the survival of that book, he's an imbecile.

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I love the secrecy of writing fiction. When I write a novel, I don't tell anybody what I'm doing. I'm living in my private world. And it's a great sensation.

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The French, the Italians, the Germans, the Spanish and the English have spent centuries killing each other.

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The grandeur of Jerusalem is also... its problem.

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It is clear that when you write a story that takes place in the past, you try to show what really happened in those times. But you are always moved by the suspicion that you are also showing something about our contemporary world.

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There are more people than you think who want to have a challenging experience, in which they are obliged to reflect about the past.

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Berlusconi is a genius in communication. Otherwise, he would never have become so rich.

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It comes down to a question of attention: it's difficult to use the Net distractedly, unlike the television or the radio.

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