The name of the Rose

“A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection — not an invitation for hypnosis” Eco

“Reflecting on these complex relationships between reader and story, fiction and life, can constitute a form of therapy against the sleep of reason, which generates monsters.” Eco

Umberto Eco (born 5 January 1932) is an Italian philosopher, semiotician, essayist, literary critic, and novelist, most famous for his novel The Name of the Rose (1980), an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory.

 “I don’t miss my youth. I’m glad I had one, but I wouldn’t like to start over.” Eco

“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…”

“I started to write [The Name of the Rose] in March of 1978, moved by a seminal idea. I wanted to poison a monk.”

“Fear prophets, Adso, 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.”

“The hand of God creates; it does not conceal.”

“Because learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do.”

The Eberbach monastery (around 1/2 hour away from Frankfurt.Germany) is where they filmed the name of the rose

Man is born to understand
Destiny is in his hands
Life becomes the gift that
Guides the dream
All around you everywhere
Time erodes, it rips and tears
Cloaks the thread and hides
Away the key

Butt Johnson: The Name of the Rose

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