Don't talk unless you can improve the silence.

Jorge Luis Borges on profanity
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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

Jorge Luis Borges on libraries
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Life itself is a quotation.

Jorge Luis Borges on quotations
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Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment - the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.

Jorge Luis Borges on discovery
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We forget that we are all dead men conversing with dead men.

Jorge Luis Borges on conversation
4

Every writer creates his own precursors.

His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.

Jorge Luis Borges on authors
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So plant your own gardens and decorate your soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

Like all writers, he measured the achievements of others by what they had accomplished, asking of them that they measure him by what he envisaged or planned.

Jorge Luis Borges on authors
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Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.

Jorge Luis Borges on build
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To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.

Jorge Luis Borges on love
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Reading is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual.

Jorge Luis Borges on activity
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Reality is not always probable, or likely.

Jorge Luis Borges on reality
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The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.

Jorge Luis Borges on flattery
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I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.

About Jorge Luis Borges

Name Jorge Luis Borges
Quotes 36 quotes
Nationality Argentinian
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16
About JorgeFranciscoIsidoroLuisBorgesAcevedo(Spanishpronunciation:[xoɾxelwisboɾxes])wasanArgentinewriterandpoetborninBuenosAires.In1914,hisfamilymovedtoSwitzerlandwhereheattendedschoolandtraveledtoSpain.OnhisreturntoArgentinain1921,BorgesbeganpublishinghispoemsandessaysinSurrealistliteraryjournals.Healsoworkedasalibrarianandpubliclecturer.
Top topics single, writing, authors, life, writer

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Jorge Luis Borges on innovation
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Democracy is an abuse of statistics.

Jorge Luis Borges on government
1

In the order of literature, as in others, there is no act that is not the coronation of an infinite series of causes and the source of an infinite series of effects.

Jorge Luis Borges on act
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I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.

Jorge Luis Borges on memory
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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 on authors
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Through the years, a man peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, tools, stars, horses and people. Shortly before his death, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the image of his own face.

Jorge Luis Borges on travel
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You have wakened not out of sleep, but into a prior dream, and that dream lies within another, and so on, to infinity, which is the number of grains of sand. The path that you are to take is endless, and you will die before you have truly awakened.

Jorge Luis Borges on dreams
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Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written;

I'd rather boast about the ones I've read.

Jorge Luis Borges on pride
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The art of writing is mysterious; the opinions we hold are ephemeral , and I prefer the Platonic idea of the Muse to that of Poe, who reasoned, or feigned to reason, that the writing of a poem is an act of the intelligence. It never fails to amaze me that the classics hold a romantic theory of poetry, and a romantic poet a classical theory.

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

Jorge Luis Borges on aware
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To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.

Jorge Luis Borges on absolutely
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Literature is not exhaustible, for the sufficient and simple reason that a single book is not. A book is not an isolated entity: it is a narration, an axis of innumerable narrations. One literature differs from another, either before or after it, not so much because of the text as for the manner in which it is read.

Jorge Luis Borges on books
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The truth is that we live out our lives putting off all that can be put off;

perhaps we all know deep down that we are immortal and that sooner or later all men will do and know all things.

Jorge Luis Borges on procrastination
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In the critic's vocabulary, the word precursor is indispensable, but it should be cleansed of all connotations of polemic or rivalry. The fact is that every writer creates his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future. -- Essay: Kafka and his Precursors

Jorge Luis Borges on kafka
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Whatever one man does, it is as if all men did it.

For that reason, it is not unfair that one disobedience in a garden should contaminate all humanity; for that reason it is not unjust that the crucifixion of a single Jew should be sufficient to save it.

Jorge Luis Borges on fiction
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I foresee that man will resign himself each day to new abominations, and soon that only bandits and soldiers will be left.

Jorge Luis Borges on abominations
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No one is anyone, one single immortal man is all men.

Like Cornelius Agrippa, 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 on the-imortal
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One concept corrupts and confuses the others.

I am not speaking of the Evil whose limited sphere is ethics; I am speaking of the infinite.

Jorge Luis Borges on leadership
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Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.

Jorge Luis Borges on dream
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In truth, the Library includes all verbal structures, all variations permitted by the twenty-five orthographical symbols, but not a single example of absolute nonsense.

Jorge Luis Borges on libraries
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A writer needs loneliness, and he gets his share of it.

He needs love, and he gets shared and also unshared love. He needs friendship. In fact, he needs the universe. To be a writer is, in a sense, to be a day-dreamer - to be living a kind of double life.

Jorge Luis Borges on authors
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Any life is made up of a single moment, the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.

Jorge Luis Borges on finds
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Time is the substance from which I am made.

Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.

Jorge Luis Borges on time
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Not a single star will be left in the night.

The night will not be left. I will die and, with me, the weight of the intolerable universe. I shall erase the pyramids, the medallions, the continents and faces. I shall erase the accumulated past. I shall make dust of history, dust of dust. Now I am looking on the final sunset. I am hearing the last bird. I bequeath nothingness to no one.

Jorge Luis Borges on suicide
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