Julio Cortázar Quotes




Only by living absurdly is it possible to break out of this infinite absurdity.Julio Cortazar

Come sleep with me: We won’t make Love, Love will make us.Julio Cortazar

In quoting others, we cite ourselves.Julio Cortazar

You were always my mirror. I mean, to see me, I had to look at youJulio Cortazar

Of all our feelings the only one which really doesn’t belong to us is hope. Hope belongs to life, it’s life itself defending itself.Julio Cortazar




Since I did not know how to hide, I immediately realized that in order to see you as I wanted to, I had to start by closing my eyes.Julio Cortazar

We went around without looking for each other, but knowing we went around to find each other.Julio Cortazar

If you fall down y will pick you up, otherwise I lay down with you.Julio Cortazar

Only we know how to be apart together.Julio Cortazar

My diagnosis is simple, I know I have no remedy.Julio Cortazar




There is no nostalgia worse than yearning for what never existed.Julio Cortazar

Thanks to you now I know what I do not want.Julio Cortazar

Only in dreams, in poetry, in play do we sometimes arrive at what we were before we were this thing that, who knows, we are.Julio Cortazar

And do you accept the idea that there is no explanation?Julio Cortazar

Why have we had to invent Eden, to live submerged in the nostalgia of a lost paradise, to make up utopias, propose a future for ourselves?Julio Cortazar

What good is a writer if he can’t destroy literature? And us… what good are we if we don’t help as much as we can in that destruction?Julio Cortazar

Memory is a mirror that scandalously lies.Julio Cortazar

I am tormented by your love that doesn’t serve as a bridge because a bridge doesn’t stand on just one side …Julio Cortazar

I do not give up anything, I just do what I can so that things will give me up.Julio Cortazar

I love you because you are not mine, because you are from the other side, from there where you invite me to jump and I cannot make the jump, because in the deepest moment of possession you are not in me, I cannot reach you, I cannot get beyond your body…Julio Cortazar

As if you could pick in love, as if it were not a lightning bolt that splits your bones and leaves you staked out in the middle of the courtyard.Julio Cortazar

It is not that we have to live, since life is fatally given to us … life lives to itself, whether we like it or not.Julio Cortazar

From yes to no, how many maybe?Julio Cortazar

Let me in, let me see someday as your eyes see.Julio Cortazar

Nothing is lost if one has the courage to proclaim that all is lost and we must begin anew.Julio Cortazar