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Jorge Luis Borges
August 24, 1899 - June 14, 1986
Nationality: Argentinian
Category: Poet

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.


My undertaking is not difficult, essentially. I should only have to be immortal to carry it out.


Life itself is a quotation.


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.


Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.


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

    Topics: Life

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.


The central problem of novel-writing is causality.


Reality is not always probable, or likely.


To be immortal is commonplace; except for man, all creatures are immortal, for they are ignorant of death; what is divine, terrible, incomprehensible, is to know that one is immortal.


I have known uncertainty: a state unknown to the Greeks.


The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.


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.


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.


Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.


The fact is that all writers create their precursors. Their work modifies our conception of the past, just as it is bound to modify the future.


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.


Art always opts for the individual, the concrete; art is not Platonic.

    Topics: Art

The original is unfaithful to the translation.


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


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