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Jorge Luis Borges Quotes and Sayings
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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Related topics: Imagination

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

My father and he had one of those English friendships
which begins by avoiding the intimacies
and eventually eliminates speech altogether.
- Jorge Luis Borges

I foresee that man will resign himself each day to new abominations,
and soon that only bandits and soldiers will be left.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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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.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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.
- Jorge Luis Borges

The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery,
which is worth nothing.
- Jorge Luis Borges


 

Life and death have been lacking in my life.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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.
- 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

Art always opts for the individual, the concrete;
art is not Platonic.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Reading is an activity subsequent to writing:
more resigned,
more civil, more intellectual.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

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

The original is unfaithful to the translation.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Reality is not always probable, or likely.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Life itself is a quotation.
- Jorge Luis Borges

In general, every country has the language it deserves.
- Jorge Luis Borges

To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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.
- Jorge Luis Borges

The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb.
- Jorge Luis Borges

To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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.
- Jorge Luis Borges

I have known uncertainty: a state unknown to the Greeks.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Any life 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

The central problem of novel-writing is causality.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
- Henry David Thoreau

If one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live
the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with success
unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau

Life is much shorter than I imagined it to be.
- Abraham Cahan

If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams
and endeavor to leave the life which you have imagined,
you will you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau

I always imagined I could be what I wanted to be.
- Chris Brown

I believed in myself.
I never imagined myself as just an ordinary player.
- Imran Khan

I have learned, that if one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau

Rarely has reality needed so much to be imagined.
- Chris Marker

I was a small kid from Huntington, Long Island.
I never imagined that anything like that would happen to me.
- Gerry Cooney

Some people just come in, do it and they know it's right.
It turns out better than you imagined it was going to sound.
When that happens, you take it as a gift.
- Jules Shear

It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to
have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
- Voltaire

We were astonished by the beauty and refinement of
the art displayed by the objects surpassing all we could have imagined -
the impression was overwhelming.
- Howard Carter

I did go there later, but I hadn't been there before I wrote the book.
Sometimes I feel like the imagined can feel more real than the real?
- Alice Hoffman

When we started making electronic music I imagined
that the reaction we got from the rock musicians must
have been similar to the one the beat groups got from people like my dad.
- Trevor Horn

I always imagined that to bring an orchestra to play
together is not enough for a conductor.
- Kurt Masur

I have sometimes imagined my own death and brought myself to tears.
- Martin Short

The world is governed by very different personages
from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.
- Benjamin Disraeli

From the beginning, I imagined I would have a long work life.
- Bruce Springsteen

In the mind, in the heart, I was always home.
I always imagined, really, going back home.
- Miriam Makeba

We imagined that the mildness of our government and
the wishes of the people were so correspondent that
we were not as other nations,
requiring brutal force to support the laws.
- Henry Knox

Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics,
and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity then they really are.
- Henry Fielding

Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.
- Leo Rosten

A great many things which in times of lesser knowledge
we imagined to be superstitious or useless,
prove to-day on examination to have been of immense value to mankind.
- Lafcadio Hearn

You have to look at the discrepancy between what you
hoped and imagined and the reality of yourself and all your shortcomings.
- Richard Grant

I suppose I'm proudest of my novels for what's imagined in them.
I think the world of my imagination is a richer and
more interesting place than my personal biography.
- John Irving

They were nothing like the French people I had imagined.
If anything, they were too kind, too generous and too
knowledgable in the fields of plumbing and electricity.
- David Sedaris

There is no real reality to a really imagined life any more.
- Gertrude Stein

When I finally held the trophy, it was just how I imagined it would be.
- Gabriela Sabatini

My business has doubled in ways I couldn't have imagined.
- Matthew Lesko

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary;
new, universal, and more liberal laws
will begin to establish themselves around and within him;
or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor
in a more liberal sense,
and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.
- Henry David Thoreau

I never imagined it wouldn't work out for me.
I had that absolute certainty in myself that has seen me through,
I think, and my parents were absolutely behind me all the way.
- Ewan McGregor

People before the public live an imagined life in the thought of others,
and flourish or feel faint as their self outside themselves
grows bright or dwindles in that mirror.
- Logan P. Smith

I never imagined my life would be the way that it has
been for the past 30 years.
I have had the best experiences a person can have-and the worst as well.
- Columba Bush

First of all, I really never imagined myself being a professional athlete.
- Bo Jackson

Caltech was a meat grinder like I could never have imagined.
- Vernon L. Smith

There are powers inside of you which,
if you could discover and use, would make of you everything
you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.
- Orison Swett Marden

I didn't train to make the Olympic team until 1968.
I simply trained for the moment.
I never even imagined I would be an Olympic athlete.
It always seemed to evolve.
- Dick Fosbury

You see, anything I imagined, I could draw.
- Lynn Johnston

The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the
provisions against danger,
real or imagined, from abroad.
- James Madison


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