Jorge Luis Borges Quotes

For one of those gnostics, the visible universe was an illusion or, more precisely, a sophism. Mirrors and fatherhood are abominable because they multiply it and extend it.

Jorge Luis Borges

One of the heresiarchs of Uqbar had stated that mirrors and copulation are abominable, since they both multiply the numbers of man.

Jorge Luis Borges

I owe the discovery of Uqbar to the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia.

Jorge Luis Borges

The central problem of novel-writing is causality.

Jorge Luis Borges

He transforms all concepts into incommunicable, solidified objects. To refute him is to become contaminated with unreality.

Jorge Luis Borges

There is a concept which corrupts and upsets all others. I refer not to Evil, whose limited realm is that of ethics; I refer to the infinite.

Jorge Luis Borges

Art always opts for the individual, the concrete; art is not Platonic.

Jorge Luis Borges

Imprecision is tolerable and verisimilar in literature, because we always tend towards it in life.

Jorge Luis Borges

Life and death have been lacking in my life.

Jorge Luis Borges

Heaven and hell seem out of proportion to me: the actions of men do not deserve so much.

Jorge Luis Borges

I will pause to consider this eternity from which the subsequent ones derive.

Jorge Luis Borges

Reality is not always probable, or likely. But if you're writing a story, you have to make it as plausible as you can, because if not, the reader's imagination will reject it.

Jorge Luis Borges

Time carries him as the river carries A leaf in the downstream water. No matter. The enchanted one insists And shapes God with delicate geometry. Since his illness, since his birth, He goes on constructing God with the word. The mightiest love was granted him Love that does not expect to be loved.

Jorge Luis Borges

Life itself is a quotation.

Jorge Luis Borges

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

Jorge Luis Borges

I have committed the worst sin that can be committed. I have not been happy.

Jorge Luis Borges
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