Quotes for English Learners
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Umberto Eco :
All the religious wars that have caused blood to be shed for centuries arise from passionate feelings and facile counter-positions, such as Us and Them, good and bad, white and black.
| war and peace
Our life is full of empty space.
Religion has nothing to do with God. It's a fundamental attitude of human beings, who ask about the origins of life and what happens after death. For many, the answer is a personal god. In my opinion, it's religion that produces God, not the other way round.
Good man or sinner?
In the United States there's a Puritan ethic and a mythology of success. He who is successful is good. In Latin countries, in Catholic countries, a successful person is a sinner.
Hard to go through life without it
It is psychologically very hard to go through life without the justification, and the hope, provided by religion.
It creates feelings
Poetry is not a matter of feelings, it is a matter of language. It is language which creates feelings.
Leaving a message in a bottle
You die, but most of what you have accumulated will not be lost; you are leaving a message in a bottle.
The thought that all experience will be lost at the moment of my death makes me feel pain and fear... What a waste, decades spent building up experience, only to throw it all away... We remedy this sadness by working. For example, by writing, painting, or building cities.
Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.
Beauty is boring because it is predictable.
Scraps of wisdom
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.
But now 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.
What is creativity?
Creativity can only be anarchic, capitalist, Darwinian.