Jorge Luis Borges Quotes

Doubt is one of the names of intelligence.

Jorge Luis Borges

There are people who barely feel poetry, and they are generally dedicated to teaching it.

Jorge Luis Borges

The fact is that poetry is not the books in the library . . . Poetry is the encounter of the reader with the book, the discovery of the book.

Jorge Luis Borges

Being conservative is a way of being skeptic.

Jorge Luis Borges

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

Jorge Luis Borges

When one confesses to an act, one ceases to be an actor in it and becomes its witness, becomes a man that observes and narrates it and no longer the man that performed it.

Jorge Luis Borges

The poverty of yesterday was less squalid than the poverty we purchase with our industry today. Fortunes were smaller then as well.

Jorge Luis Borges

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

My advanced age has taught me the resignation of being Borges.

Jorge Luis Borges

I have sometimes suspected that the only thing that holds no mystery is happiness, because it is its own justification.

Jorge Luis Borges

Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.

Jorge Luis Borges

Like all those possessing a library, Aurelian was aware that he was guilty of not knowing his in its entirety.

Jorge Luis Borges

The heresies we should fear are those which can be confused with orthodoxy.

Jorge Luis Borges

Every novel is an ideal plane inserted into the realm of reality.

Jorge Luis Borges

Villari took no notice of them because the idea of a coincidence between art and reality was alien to him. Unlike people who read novels, he never saw himself as a character in a work of art.

Jorge Luis Borges

His many years had reduced and polished him the way water smooths and polishes a stone or generations of men polish a proverb.

Jorge Luis Borges
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