Quotes by Umberto Eco

"We live for books."

"Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn't ask ourselves what it says but what it means..."

"To survive, you must tell stories."

"I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom."

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth."

Books by Umberto Eco

  • Notre-Dame de Paris
  • 178,183 ratings
  • December 24th 2003 by Gruppo Editoriale l'Espresso

    (first published January 14th 1831)

  • Pinocchio
  • 71,285 ratings
  • November 18th 2008 by NYRB Classics

    (first published February 1883)

  • History of Beauty
  • 53,761 ratings
  • November 13th 2004 by Rizzoli

    (first published January 2004)

  • The Prague Cemetery
  • 23,696 ratings
  • November 8th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    (first published October 25th 2010)

  • Baudolino
  • 20,551 ratings
  • October 6th 2003 by Harcourt, Inc.

    (first published November 1st 2000)

Umberto Eco
  • Umberto Eco

  • Date of birth: January 05, 1932
  • Died: February 19, 2016
  • Born: in Alessandria, Italy.

  • Description: Umberto Eco was an Italian writer of fiction, essays, academic texts, and children's books. A professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, Eco’s brilliant fiction is known for its playful use of language and symbols, its astonishing array of allusions and references, and clever use of puzzles and narrative inventions. His perceptive essays on modern culture are filled with a delightful sense of humor and irony, and his ideas on semiotics, interpretation, and aesthetics have established his reputation as one of academia’s foremost thinkers.