Quotes by Jorge Luis Borges

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Jorge Luis Borges ([x.xe lwis b.xs]) (August 24, 1899 June 14, 1986) was an Argentine writer who is considered to be one of the foremost writers of the 20th century. Best-known in the English speaking world for his short stories and fictive essays, Borges was also a poet, critic, and man of letters. more

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To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.

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.
The original is unfaithful to the translation.
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.
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.
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.
The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.
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.
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.
De ene literatuur verschilt van de andere niet zozeer door de tekst dan wel door de manier waarop zij gelezen wordt.
Een boek dat niet zijn contraboek bevat is onvolledig.
Een schrijver zou nog een keer moeten leven om te zien of hij gewaardeerd wordt.
Klassiek is niet een boek dat per se die of die verdiensten bezit; het is een boek dat de mensengeneraties, door verschillende redenen gedreven, lezen met tevoren vaststaande geestdrift en met een mysterieuze loyaliteit.
Ik heb me altijd ingebeeld dat het paradijs een soort bibliotheek zal zijn.
Every writer creates his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.

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