Today, 8 years ago, one of the greatest European intellectuals, writer, philosopher, semiotician, essayist, critic of recent years passed away: the Umberto Ecowhich in every capacity explored the complexity of human behavior, love, but also literature.

In 1956 he published his first work, “Issues of aesthetics in Thomas Aquinas”, which was also the topic of his thesis. He continued his academic work, while enjoying great success with the novels Foucault’s Pendulum (1998), Tomorrow Island (1994), Baudolino (2000), Prague Cemetery (2010 ) and “Zero Sheet” (2015).

The novel that made Umberto Eco famous, however, was “The name of the Rose”, set in an Italian Benedictine monastery, involves the search for an Aristotle manuscript, murders, illicit affairs between monks and the hunt for heretics in the 14th century. This book was translated into 40 languages ​​and was also made into a movie.

Umberto Eco passed away on February 19, 2016, at the age of 84, and we remember his words about life that continue to inspire us.

  • Truth

“Perhaps the mission of those who love humanity is to make people laugh at the truth, to make the truth laugh, for the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from the mad passion for the truth.”

  • Love

“Love is wiser than wisdom.”

What is love? There is nothing in the world, neither man nor Devil nor anything, that I consider so suspicious as love, because it penetrates the soul more than anything else. There is nothing that fills and binds the heart as much as love. Thus, unless you have the weapons to restrain it, the soul plunges through love into an infinite abyss.” – The name of the Rose