Jorge Luis Borges

Argentinian writer remembered for his short stories (1899-1986)

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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.
Don't talk unless you can improve the silence.
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.
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
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.
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.
My father and he had one of those English friendships which begin by avoiding intimacies and eventually eliminate speech altogether.
Nothing is built on stone all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.
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.
The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.
The original is unfaithful to the translation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.
To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.

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