Quotation Explorer - 'Jorge Luis Borges'

There is an hour of the afternoon when the plain is on the verge of saying something. It never says, or perhaps it says it infinitely, or perhaps we do not understand it, or we understand it and it is untranslatable as music. - Jorge Luis Borges
One of the schools in Tlön has reached the point of denying time. It reasons that the present is undefined, that the future has no other reality than as present hope, that the past is no more than present memory. - Jorge Luis Borges
Uno puede fingir muchas cosas, incluso la inteligencia. Lo que no se puede fingir es la felicidad. - Jorge Luis Borges
When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation."[As attributed by Alastair Reid in Neruda and Borges, The New Yorker, June 24, 1996; as well as in The Talk of the Town, The New Yorker, July 7, 1986] - Jorge Luis Borges
I do not know whether music knows how to despair over music, or marble over marble, but literature is an art which knows how to prophesize the time in which it might have fallen silent, how to attack its own virtue, and how to fall in love with its own dissolution and court its own end. - Jorge Luis Borges
Poets, like the blind, can see in the dark. - Jorge Luis Borges
Bana aynı anda hem 800,000 kitabı hem de karanlığı veren Tanrı'nın muhteşem ironisi - Jorge Luis Borges
Many of the characters are fools and they're always playing tricks on meand treating me badly. - Jorge Luis Borges
Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time. - Jorge Luis Borges
Differing from Newton and Schopenhauer, your ancestor did not think of time as absolute and uniform. He believed it an infinite series of times, in a dizzily growing, ever spreading network of diverging, converging and parallel times. - Jorge Luis Borges
I owe my first inkling of the problem of infinity to a large biscuit tin that was a source of vertiginous mystery during my childhood. - Jorge Luis Borges
I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited. - Jorge Luis Borges
Heaven and hell seem out of proportion to me: the actions of men do not deserve so much. - Jorge Luis Borges
Reality is not always probable, or likely. - Jorge Luis Borges
I leave to various future times, but not to all, my garden of forking paths. - Jorge Luis Borges
Nothing is built on stone; All is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone. - Jorge Luis Borges
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
Comprendí que el trabajo del poeta no estaba en la poesía; estaba en la invención de razones para que la poesía fuera admirable; naturalmente, ese ulterior trabajo modificaba la obra para él, pero no para otros. - Jorge Luis Borges
Literature is not exhaustible, for the sufficient and simple reason that a single book is not. - Jorge Luis Borges
We spend our lives waiting for our book and it never comes. - Jorge Luis Borges
It's a shame that we have to choose between two such second-rate countries as the USSR and the USA. - Jorge Luis Borges
Reading . . . is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual. - Jorge Luis Borges
El nombre de una mujer me delata.Me duele una mujer en todo el cuerpo. - Jorge Luis Borges
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
Life itself is a quotation. - Jorge Luis Borges
Paradise will be a kind of library - Jorge Luis Borges
I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books. - Jorge Luis Borges
Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written; I'd rather boast about the ones I've read. - Jorge Luis Borges
My father and he had one of those English friendships which begin by avoiding intimacies and eventually eliminate speech altogether. - Jorge Luis Borges
All theories are legitimate, no matter. What matters is what you do with them. - Jorge Luis Borges
La amistad une; también el odio sabe juntar. - Jorge Luis Borges
A writer always begins by being too complicated—he’s playing at several games at once. - Jorge Luis Borges
Yo, que me figuraba el Paraíso bajo la especie de una biblioteca. - Jorge Luis Borges
Δεν μπορώ να σας εξηγήσω. Όλες οι λέξεις ανάμεσα σε δύο ανθρώπους απαιτούν μία κοινή εμπειρία. - Jorge Luis Borges
En mi época no había Best-Sellers y no podíamos prostituírnos. No había quien comprara nuestra prostitución. - Jorge Luis Borges
Casi no soy, pero mis versos ritmanla vida y su esplendor. Yo fui Walt Whitman. - Jorge Luis Borges
There is a concept which corrupts and upsets all others. I refer not to Evil, whose limited realm is that of ethics; I refer to the infinite. - Jorge Luis Borges
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. - Jorge Luis Borges
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