Jorge Luis Borges

(24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986 / Buenos Aires / Argentina)

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes

  • ''Imprecision is tolerable and verisimilar in literature, because we always tend towards it in life.''
    Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "The Postulation of Reality" ["La postulación de la realidad"] (1931), Discussion [Discusión] (1932).
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  • ''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 (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "The Secret Miracle," Ficciones (1944, trans. 1962). Of Jaromir Hladik.
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Best Poem of Jorge Luis Borges

History Of The Night

Through the course of generations
men brought the night into being.
In the beginning were blindness and dream
and thorns which gash the bare foot
and fear of wolves.
We shall never know who fashioned the word
for the interval of darkness
which divides the two half-lights.
We shall never know in what century it stood
for the starry spaces.
Others began the myth.
They made night mother of the tranquil Fates
who weave all destiny
and sacrificed black sheep to her
and the rooster which announced her end.
The Chaldeans gave her twelve houses;
infinite...

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Limits

Of all the streets that blur in to the sunset,
There must be one (which, I am not sure)
That I by now have walked for the last time
Without guessing it, the pawn of that Someone

Who fixes in advance omnipotent laws,
Sets up a secret and unwavering scale
for all the shadows, dreams, and forms
Woven into the texture of this life.