This wonderful quotation was published in El Pais in the days following Umberto Eco’s passing. Wishing you 5,000 years of reading-endowed life, backwards, forwards, or sideways.
‘By the age of 70, he who doesn’t read will have lived only one life. He who reads will have lived 5,000 years. Reading is immortality working backwards.’
Source: Umberto Eco (1932-2016), quoted in El Pais, 23 February 2016, p. 48