Jorge Luis Borges

(Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo)

Jorge Luis Borges
Jorge Luis Borges
  • Born: August 24, 1899
  • Died: June 14, 1986
  • Nationality: Argentinian
  • Profession: Poet

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Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo KBE was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish-language literature. His best-known books, Ficciones (Fictions) and El Aleph (The Aleph), published in the 1940s, are compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes, including dreams, labyrinths, philosophy, libraries, mirrors, fictional writers, and mythology. Borges' works have contributed to philosophical literature and the fantasy genre, and have been considered by some critics to mark the beginning of the magic realist movement in 20th century Latin American literature. His late poems converse with such cultural figures as Spinoza, Camões, and Virgil.

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If crimes have been committed it is necessary to investigate. They say that the number of victims have been exaggerated, but one case is enough. Cain slew Abel only once. Christ only once was crucified. Miscellaneous
Jews, Christians, and Muslims all profess belief in immortality, but the veneration paid to the first century of life is proof that they truly believe only in those hundred years, for they destine all the rest, throughout eternity, to rewarding or punishing what one did when alive. Religion & God
Now we are governed by gentlemen. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Of course, in my country most political leaders are really, well, I suppose I think of them as being, well, not gangsters but more or less the same kind of thing, no? I mean—people who go in for getting elected. What can you expect of a man like that? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Falklands things was a fight between two bald men over a comb. War & Peace
This is a confederacy without precedent: a generous adventure by men of different bloodlines whose aim is not to preserve in their lineages but to forget those lineages in the end; these are bloodlines that seek the night. The criollo is one of the confederates. The criollo, who was responsible for creating the nation as such, has now chosen to be one among many. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Universal history is the history of a few metaphors. History
Any life is made up of a single moment, the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is. Life
Art always opts for the individual, the concrete; art is not Platonic. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Democracy is an abuse of statistics. Government
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 foresee that man will resign himself each day to new abominations, and soon that only bandits and soldiers will be left.
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
I have known uncertainty: a state unknown to the Greeks.
In general, every country has the language it deserves.
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.
Life and death have been lacking in my life. Life ;Death
Life itself is a quotation. Life
Like all those possessing a library, Aurelian was aware that he was guilty of not knowing his in its entirety.
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.
My undertaking is not difficult, essentially. I should only have to be immortal to carry it out.
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.
Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. Literature, Writers & Writing ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Reading is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual.
Reality is not always probable, or likely.
The central problem of novel-writing is causality.
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. Future ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb.
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. Truth
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.
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. Time
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. Death
To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely. Religion & God
To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.

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