28 Total Quotes

Jorge Borges Quotes

Every writer ''creates'' his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.
Jorge Borges
#Writers And Writing #Future

The original is unfaithful to the translation.
Jorge Borges
#Originality

...the image of the Lord had been replaced by a mirror.
Jorge Borges
#Arrogance

Through the years, a man peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, tools, stars, horses and people. Shortly before his death, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the image of his own face.
Jorge Borges
#Man

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 Borges
#Night

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
Jorge Borges
#Libraries

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 Borges
#Death

To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
Jorge Borges
#Love #Quote of the Day #Sad Love #Sad Break Up Love

Reality is not always probable, or likely.
Jorge Borges
#Reality

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 Borges
#Time And Time Management

The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb.
Jorge Borges
#Men

To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.
Jorge Borges
#Life #Religion

I have known uncertainty: a state unknown to the Greeks.
Jorge Borges
#Uncertainty

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 Borges
#Truth #Procrastination

Life itself is a quotation.
Jorge Borges
#Quotations

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
Jorge Borges
#Government

Your unforgivable sins do not allow you to see my splendor
Jorge Borges
#Sin

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 Borges
#Influence

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 Borges
#Writers And Writing

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.
Jorge Borges
#Literature

In general, every country has the language it deserves.
Jorge Borges
#Country

Throughout the course of the generations men constructed the night. At first she was blindness; thorns raking bare feet, fear of wolves. We shall never know who forged the word for the interval of shadow dividing the two twilights; we shall never know in what age it came to mean the starry hours. Others created the myth. They made her the mother of the unruffled Fates that spin our destiny, they sacrificed black ewes to her, and the cock who crows his own death. The Chaldeans assigned to her twelve houses; to Zeno, infinite words. She took shape from Latin hexameters and the terror of Pascal. Luis de Leon saw in her the homeland of his stricken soul. Now we feel her to be inexhaustible like an ancient wine and no one can gaze on her without vertigo and time has charged her with eternity. And to think that she wouldn't exist except for those fragile instruments, the eyes.
Jorge Borges
#History