Quotations From JORGE LUIS BORGES


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  • To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
    Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "The Meeting in a Dream," Other Inquisitions (1952).

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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 (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "The Flower of Coleridge" ["La flor de Coleridge"], Other Inquisitions [Otras inquisiciones] (1952).
  • Every writer "creates" his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.
    Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. repr. In Other Inquisitions (1960, trans. 1964). Kafka and His Precursors (1951).

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  • 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 (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "Kafka and His Precursors" ["Kafka y sus precursores"], Other Inquisitions [Otras inquisiciones] (1952). Cf. also the essay on Hawthorne in the same volume, in which Borges says: "Wakefield" prefigures Franz Kafka, but the latter modifies, and sharpens, the reading of "Wakefield." The debt is mutual; a great writer creates his or her precursors. He or she creates them and in some fashion justifies them.

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  • The central problem of novel-writing is causality.
    Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "Narrative Art and Magic" ["El arte narrativo y la magia"] (1932), Discussion [Discusión] (1932).
  • In the course of a life devoted less to living than to reading, I have verified many times that literary intentions and theories are nothing more than stimuli and that the final work usually ignores or even contradicts them.
    Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "Nathaniel Hawthorne," Other Inquisitions [Otras inquisiciones] (1952).

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  • Art always opts for the individual, the concrete; art is not Platonic.
    Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "Gauchesque Poetry" ["La poesía gauchesca"], Discussion [Discusión] (1932).

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  • That one individual should awaken in another memories that belong to still a third is an obvious paradox.
    Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. Evaristo Carriego, ch. 2 (1930). A biographical study of a poet of Buenos Aires.
  • The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.
    Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "Dead Men's Dialogue," Dreamtigers (1964).
  • 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 (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "Funes the Memorious," Labyrinths (1964).

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