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Jorge Luis Borges quotes

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There is a concept that is the corrupter and destroyer of all others. I speak not of Evil, whose limited empire is that of ethics; I speak of the infinite.

Reading is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual.

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.

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.

The central problem of novel-writing is causality.

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

To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.

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.

Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.

The original is unfaithful to the translation.

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.

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

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.

Reality is not always probable, or likely.

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

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

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.

In general, every country has the language it deserves.

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.

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