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Umberto Eco
1932 -

Umberto Eco, OMRI (Italian: [umˈbɛrto ˈɛko]; born 5 January 1932) is an Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist. He is best known for his groundbreaking 1980 historical mystery novel Il nome della rosa (The Name of the Rose), an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory. He has since written further novels, including Il pendolo di Foucault (Foucault's Pendulum) and L'isola del giorno prima (The Island of the Day Before). His most recent novel Il cimitero di Praga (The Prague Cemetery), released in 2010, was a best-seller.

Eco has also written academic texts, children's books and many essays. He is founder of the Dipartimento di Comunicazione (Department of Media Studies) at the University of the Republic of San Marino, President of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici (Graduate School for the Study of the Humanities), University of Bologna, member of the Accademia dei Lincei (since November 2010), and an Honorary Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford.

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It seems we cannot manage without an enemy. The figure of the enemy cannot be abolished from the processes of civilization. The need is second nature even to a man of peace. In his case the image of the enemy is simply shifted from a human object to a natural or social force [or vice versa] that in some way threatens us and has to be defeated, whether it be [terrorism, communism], capitalistic exploitation, environmental pollution, or even thi...
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But the important thing is not the finding, it is the seeking, it is the devotion with which one spins the wheel of prayer and scripture, discovering the truth little by little. If this machine gave you the truth immediately, you would not recognize it, because your heart would not have been purified by the long quest.

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I'm jealous of anyone who makes a light bulb flash on in your head.
No piece of information is superior to any other. Power lies in having them all on file and then finding the connections, There are always connections; you have only to want to find them.

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Umberto Eco

I'm jealous of anyone who makes a light bulb flash on in your head.
No piece of information is superior to any other. Power lies in having them all on file and then finding the connections, There are always connections; you have only to want to find them.

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Umberto Eco

I'm jealous of anyone who makes a light bulb flash on in your head.
No piece of information is superior to any other. Power lies in having them all on file and then finding the connections, There are always connections; you have only to want to find them.
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People are starved for plans. If you offer them one, they fall on it like a pack of wolves. You invent and they'll believe.

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