Jorge Luis Borges (Writer)

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In these selections the quotes from a story or essay are listed among the earliest collections which are known to contain it. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about quotes
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Ourdiffers little; it is a trivial and chance circumstance that you should be the reader of these exercises and I their author. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about author
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Time can't be measured in days the way money is measured in pesos and centavos, because all pesos are equal, while every day, perhaps every hour, is different. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about money
#23362 Jorge Luis Borges

Doubt is one of the names of intelligence. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about intelligence
#23363 Jorge Luis Borges

Being conservative is a way of being skeptic. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about being
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If the pages of thiscontain some successful verse, the reader must excuse me the discourtesy of having usurped it first. Ourdiffers little; it is a trivial and chance circumstance that you should be the reader of these exercises and I their author. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about success
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was not a great poet nor a consummate prose writer. He was a very astute Irishman who encompassed in epigrams an esthetic credo which others before him scattered in the space of long pages. He was an enfant terrible. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about man
#23367 Jorge Luis Borges

That one individual should awaken in another memories that belong to still a third is an obvious paradox. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about memories
#23368 Jorge Luis Borges

It is worth remembering that every writer begins with a naively physical notion of what art is. A book for him or her is not an expression or a series of expressions, but literally a volume, a prism with six rectangular sides made of thin sheets of papers which should include a cover, an inside cover, an epigraph in italics, a preface, nine or ten parts with some verses at the beginning, a table of contents, an ex libris with an hourglass and a Latin phrase, a brief list of errata, some blank pages, a colophon and a publication notice: objects that are known to constitute the art of writing. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about writing
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Mayexist, even if my place is . .

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#23370 Jorge Luis Borges

Reading ... is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual. .

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#23371 Jorge Luis Borges

The vast ineptitude of his pretense would be a convincing proof that this was no fraud. .

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#23372 Jorge Luis Borges

Mir Bahadur Ali is, as we have seen, incapable of evading the most vulgar of art's temptations: that of being a genius. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about art
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Your unforgivable sins do not allow you to see my splendor. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about sin
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The earth we inhabit is an error, an incompetent parody. Mirrors and paternity are abominable because they multiply and affirm it. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about art
#23375 Jorge Luis Borges

The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries, with vast air shafts between, surrounded by very low railings. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about universe
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Letexist, though my own place may be in . Let me be tortured and battered and annihilated, but let there be one instant, one creature, wherein thy enormous Library may find its justification. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about cat
#23377 Jorge Luis Borges

I know of one semibarbarous zone whose librarians repudiate the "vain and superstitious habit" of trying to find sense in books, equating such a quest with attempting to find meaning in dreams or in the chaotic lines on the palms of one's hand. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about books
#23378 Jorge Luis Borges

Que el cielo exista, aunque mi lugar sea el infierno. .

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#23379 Jorge Luis Borges

Dictatorships foster oppression, dictatorships foster servitude, dictatorships foster cruelty; more abominable is the fact that they foster idiocy. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about cruelty
#23380 Jorge Luis Borges

El original es infiel a la traducci .

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#23381 Jorge Luis Borges

I saw the delicate bone structure of a hand; I saw the survivors of a battle sending out post cards. . . I saw the oblique shadow of some ferns on the floor of a hot-house; I saw tigers, emboli, bison, ground swells and armies; I saw all the ants in the world. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about world
#23382 Jorge Luis Borges

Dictatorships foster oppression, dictatorships foster servitude, dictatorships foster ; more abominable is thethat they foster . .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about oppression
#23383 Jorge Luis Borges

There is nothing very remarkable about being immortal; with the exception of mankind, all creatures are immortal, for they know nothing of death. What is divine, terrible, and incomprehensible is to know oneself immortal. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about death
#23384 Jorge Luis Borges

There are no moral or intellectual merits. Homer composed the Odyssey; if we postulate an infinite period of time, with infinite circumstances and changes, the impossible thing is not to compose the Odyssey, at least once. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about time
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I am god, I am hero, I am philosopher, I am demon and I am world, which is a tedious way of saying that I do not exist. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about god
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No one is anyone, one single immortal man is all men. Like , I am god, I am hero, I am philosopher, I am demon and I am world, which is a tedious way of saying that I do not exist. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about god
#23387 Jorge Luis Borges

Any life, however long and complicated it may be, actually consists of a single moment — the moment when a man knows forever more who he is. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about life
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Besides, time, which despoils castles, enriches verses . . . Time broadens the scope of verses and I know of some which, like music, are everything for all men. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about time
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The minotaur more than justifies the existence of the . .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about existence
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There's no need to build awhen the entireis one. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about need
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We know that a certainwith a mane is aand that a certain animal with horns is a . We do notwhat thelooks like. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about man
#23394 Jorge Luis Borges

His many years had reduced and polished him the way water smooths and polishes a stone or generations of men polish a proverb. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about men
#23395 Jorge Luis Borges

I would define the baroque as that style that deliberately exhausts (or tries to exhaust) its own possibilities, and that borders on self-caricature. [...] The baroque is the final stage in all art, when art flaunts and squanders its resources. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about art
#23396 Jorge Luis Borges

It is universally held that theis a supernatural being and of auspicious omen; so say the odes, the annals, the biographies of worthies, and other texts whoseis unimpeachable. Even village women and children know that the unicorn is asign. But this animal does not figure among the barnyard animals, it is not always easy to come across, it does not lend itself to zoological classification. Nor is it like theor , theor deer. In such circumstances we may be face to face with a unicorn and not know for sure that we are. We know that a certain animal with a mane is a horse and that a certain animal with horns is a bull. We do notwhat the unicorn looks like. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about women
#23397 Jorge Luis Borges

To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about religion
#23398 Jorge Luis Borges

Villari took no notice of them because the idea of a coincidence between art and reality was alien to him. Unlike people who read novels, he never saw himself as a character in a work of art. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about art
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Do you want to see what human eyes have never seen? Look at the moon... .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about man
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Years of solitude had taught him that, in one's memory, all days tend to be the same, but that there is not a day, not even in jail or in the hospital, which does not bring surprises, which is not a translucent network of minimal surprises. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about work
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Every novel is an ideal plane inserted into the realm of reality. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about reality
#23402 Jorge Luis Borges

The heresies we should fear are those which can be confused with orthodoxy. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about fear
#23403 Jorge Luis Borges

Like all those possessing a library, Aurelian was aware that he was guilty of not knowing his in its entirety. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about war
#23404 Jorge Luis Borges

Do you want to see what human eyes have never seen? Look at the moon. Do you want to hear what ears have never heard? Listen to the bird's cry. Do you want to touch what hands have never touched? Touch the earth. Verily I say that God is about to create the world. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about art
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Poetry always remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. It remembers that it was first song. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about art
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Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about sad
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Writing is nothing more than a guided dream. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about dream
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#23409 Jorge Luis Borges

My advanced age has taught me the resignation of being Borges. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about age
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Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about time
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The poverty of yesterday was less squalid than the poverty we purchase with our industry today. Fortunes were smaller then as well. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about poverty

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