Jorge Luis Borges Quotes




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

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

Life itself is a quotation.Jorge Luis Borges

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

Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written; I’d rather boast about the ones I’ve read.Jorge Luis Borges




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

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

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

Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.Jorge Luis Borges

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




To be immortal is commonplace; except for man, all creatures are immortal, for they are ignorant of death; what is divine, terrible, incomprehensible, is to know that one is immortal.Jorge Luis Borges

I foresee that man will resign himself each day to new abominations, and soon that only bandits and soldiers will be left.Jorge Luis Borges

To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.Jorge Luis Borges

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.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

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

The original is unfaithful to the translation.Jorge Luis Borges

My undertaking is not difficult, essentially. I should only have to be immortal to carry it out.Jorge Luis Borges

Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.Jorge Luis Borges

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

Reality is not always probable, or likely.Jorge Luis Borges

Reading is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual.Jorge Luis Borges

To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.Jorge Luis Borges

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

Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.Jorge Luis Borges