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  • 1.
    Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.
    Umberto Eco (b. 1932), Italian semiologist, novelist. "Third Day: After Compline," The Name of the Rose (1980, trans. 1983).

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  • 2.
    I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that a text displays for continuing to generate different readings, without ever being completely consumed.
    Umberto Eco (b. 1932), Italian semiologist, novelist. "Telling the Process," Reflections on the Name of the Rose (1983, trans. 1984).
  • 3.
    Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth.
    Umberto Eco (b. 1932), Italian semiologist, novelist. Brother William, in The Name of the Rose, "Seventh Day: Night (2)," (1980, trans. 1983).

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  • 4.
    A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.
    Umberto Eco (b. 1932), Italian semiologist, novelist. Brother William, in The Name of the Rose, "Sixth Day: After Terce," (1980, trans. 1983).

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  • 5.
    Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth.
    Umberto Eco (b. 1932), Italian semiologist, novelist. Brother William, in "Seventh Day: Night (2)," The Name of the Rose (1980, trans. 1983).

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  • 6.
    Fear prophets ... and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them.
    Umberto Eco (b. 1932), Italian semiologist, novelist. Brother William, in "Seventh Day: Night (2)," The Name of the Rose (1980, trans. 1983).

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  • 7.
    The comic is the perception of the opposite; humor is the feeling of it.
    Umberto Eco (b. 1932), Italian semiologist, novelist. repr. In Travels in Hyperreality, trans. by William Weaver (1986). "De consolatione Philosophiae," (1980).

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