—¿Qué es el amor? Nada hay en el mundo, ni nombre ni diablo ni cosa alguna, que sea para mí tan sospechosa como el amor, pues éste penetra en el alma más que cualquier otra cosa. Nada que ocupe y ate más el corazón que el amor. Por eso, cuando no dispone de armas para gobernarse, el alma se hunde, por el amor, en la más hunda de las ruinas
—  De Umberto Eco en El nombre de la rosa. 1980

“Dining Al Fresco on Capri”, Slim Aarons 

Italian artist and actress Domiziana Giordano, Italian author Francesca Sanvitale, Dino Trappetti and Umberto Terrelli dining al fresco on a terrace overlooking the waters off the coast of the island of Capri, Italy, in August 1980.

The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and non-dull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with “Wow! Signore professore dottore Eco, what a library you have! How many of these books have you read?” and the others — a very small minority — who get the point that a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you do not know as your financial means, mortgage rates, and the currently tight real-estate market allows you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menacingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.
—  Nassim Nicholas Taleb - The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
We often have to explain to young people why study is useful. It’s pointless telling them that it’s for the sake of knowledge, if they don’t care about knowledge. Nor is there any point in telling them that an educated person gets through life better than an ignoramus, because they can always point to some genius who, from their standpoint, leads a wretched life. And so the only answer is that the exercise of knowledge creates relationships, continuity, and emotional attachments. It introduces us to parents other than our biological ones. It allows us to live longer, because we don’t just remember our own life but also those of others. It creates an unbroken thread that runs from our adolescence (and sometimes from infancy) to the present day. And all this is very beautiful.
—  Umberto Eco
Örneğin, benim yaşımda ölen kör cahil ve kitap okumayan biri yalnızca tek bir hayat yaşamıştır.Oysa ben, Napoleon'un, Caesar'ın, d’Artagnan'ın hayatlarını da yaşadım. Bu nedenle, hem ileride zehir gibi bir bellek oluşturmaları için hem de doymak bilmez ve çok katmerli bir kişilik geliştirmenin bir yolu olarak gençleri hep kitap okumaya teşvik ettim. Böylece ömrünüzün sonuna geldiğinizde sayısız hayatlar yaşamış olursunuz ve bu hiç de yabana atılacak bir ayrıcalık değildir.
—  Umberto Eco
Anima, se ti pare che abbastanza
vagabondammo per giungere a sera,
vogliamo entrare nella nostra stanza,
chiuderla, e farci un po’ di primavera?
—  Umberto Saba, Verso casa, vv. 1-4, ne “Il Canzoniere” - Trieste e una donna (1910-1912)