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Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

— Jorge Luis Borges



Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.”

Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “Time can’t be measured in days the way money is measured in pesos and centavos, because all pesos are equal, while every day, perhaps every hour, is different.”

Time can’t be measured in days the way money is measured in pesos and centavos, because all pesos are equal, while every day, perhaps every hour, is different.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “The future is inevitable and precise, but it may not occur. God lurks in the gaps.”

The future is inevitable and precise, but it may not occur. God lurks in the gaps.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”

So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “Life itself is a quotation.”

Life itself is a quotation.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.”

Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “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 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


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “La duda es uno de los nombres de la inteligencia.”

La duda es uno de los nombres de la inteligencia.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation.”

When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation.

— Jorge Luis Borges



Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time.”

Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “All writing is dreaming.”

All writing is dreaming.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “The original is unfaithful to the translation.”

The original is unfaithful to the translation.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “The mind was dreaming. The world was its dream.”

The mind was dreaming. The world was its dream.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.”

I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “It only takes two facing mirrors to build a labyrinth.”

It only takes two facing mirrors to build a labyrinth.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “Doubt is one of the names of intelligence.”

Doubt is one of the names of intelligence.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.”

Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “No one is anyone, one single immortal man is all men. Like Cornelius Agrippa, I am god, I am hero, I am philosopher, I am demon and I am world, which is a tedious way of saying that I do not exist.”

No one is anyone, one single immortal man is all men. Like Cornelius Agrippa, I am god, I am hero, I am philosopher, I am demon and I am world, which is a tedious way of saying that I do not exist.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “A book is not an isolated being: it is a relationship, an axis of innumerable relationships.”

A book is not an isolated being: it is a relationship, an axis of innumerable relationships.

— Jorge Luis Borges



Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “I saw all the mirrors on earth and none of them reflected me.”

I saw all the mirrors on earth and none of them reflected me.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “Time forks perpetually toward innumerable futures.”

Time forks perpetually toward innumerable futures.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “While we are asleep in this world, we are awake in another one.”

While we are asleep in this world, we are awake in another one.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.”

I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “The tango is a direct expression of something that poets have often tried to state in words: the belief that a fight may be a celebration.”

The tango is a direct expression of something that poets have often tried to state in words: the belief that a fight may be a celebration.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “I can give you my loneliness, my darkness, the hunger of my heart, I am trying to bribe you with uncertainty, with danger, with defeat.”

I can give you my loneliness, my darkness, the hunger of my heart, I am trying to bribe you with uncertainty, with danger, with defeat.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “What you really value is what you miss, not what you have.”

What you really value is what you miss, not what you have.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “The worst labyrinth is not that intricate form that can entrap us forever, but a single and precise straight line.”

The worst labyrinth is not that intricate form that can entrap us forever, but a single and precise straight line.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “We are our memory, we are that chimerical museum of shifting shapes, that pile of broken mirrors.”

We are our memory, we are that chimerical museum of shifting shapes, that pile of broken mirrors.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “We forget that we are all dead men conversing with dead men.”

We forget that we are all dead men conversing with dead men.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “I think of reading a book as no less an experience than travelling or falling in love.”

I think of reading a book as no less an experience than travelling or falling in love.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “Democracy is an abuse of statistics.”

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “There are those who seek the love of a woman to forget her, to not think about her.”

There are those who seek the love of a woman to forget her, to not think about her.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “Being an agnostic means all things are possible, even God, even the Holy Trinity. This world is so strange that anything may happen, or may not happen. Being an agnostic makes me live in a larger, a more fantastic kind of world, almost uncanny. It makes me more tolerant.”

Being an agnostic means all things are possible, even God, even the Holy Trinity. This world is so strange that anything may happen, or may not happen. Being an agnostic makes me live in a larger, a more fantastic kind of world, almost uncanny. It makes me more tolerant.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “Truth never penetrates an unwilling mind.”

Truth never penetrates an unwilling mind.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “In vain have oceans been squandered on you, in vain the sun, wonderfully seen through Whitman’s eyes. You have used up the years and they have used up you, and still, and still, you have not written the poem.”

In vain have oceans been squandered on you, in vain the sun, wonderfully seen through Whitman’s eyes. You have used up the years and they have used up you, and still, and still, you have not written the poem.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “Soccer is popular because stupidity is popular.”

Soccer is popular because stupidity is popular.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “Estoy solo y no hay nadie en el espejo.”

Estoy solo y no hay nadie en el espejo.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “The sea is an idiom I cannot decipher.”

The sea is an idiom I cannot decipher.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “You who read me, are You sure of understanding my language?”

You who read me, are You sure of understanding my language?

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “The dictionary is based on the hypothesis – obviously an unproven one – that languages are made up of equivalent synonyms.”

The dictionary is based on the hypothesis – obviously an unproven one – that languages are made up of equivalent synonyms.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “Everything touches everything.”

Everything touches everything.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “A man sets himself the task of portraying the world. Shortly before he dies he discovers that this patient labyrinth of lines is a drawing of his own face.”

A man sets himself the task of portraying the world. Shortly before he dies he discovers that this patient labyrinth of lines is a drawing of his own face.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “May Heaven exist, even if my place is Hell.”

May Heaven exist, even if my place is Hell.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “If space is infinite, we may be at any point in space. If time is infinite, we may be at any point in time.”

If space is infinite, we may be at any point in space. If time is infinite, we may be at any point in time.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “Any life, however long and complicated it may be, actually consists of a single moment – the moment when a man knows forever more who he is.”

Any life, however long and complicated it may be, actually consists of a single moment – the moment when a man knows forever more who he is.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb.”

The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “The word happiness exists in every language; it is plausible the thing itself exists.”

The word happiness exists in every language; it is plausible the thing itself exists.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “There’s no need to build a labyrinth when the entire universe is one.”

There’s no need to build a labyrinth when the entire universe is one.

— Jorge Luis Borges


Jorge Luis Borges Quote: “Any life is made up of a single moment, the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.”

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

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