Writing is nothing more than a guided dream. A pair in a Southern café, enjoying a silent game of chess. Man without the eyes that gave us the moon. You’ll not find her.’. I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. Like all writers, he measured the achievements of others by what they had accomplished, asking of them that they measure him by what he envisaged or planned. I read books for the aesthetic emotions they offer me, and I ignore the commentaries and criticism. The other one, Borges, is the one to whom things happen. Time is the tiger that devours me, but I am that tiger. I saw all the mirrors on earth and none of them reflected me... Chang Tzu tells us of a persevering man who after three laborious years mastered the art of dragon-slaying. I don't know which of us is writing this page. Ts'ui Pe must have said once: I am withdrawing to write a book. His paternal grandmother was English, and young Jorge mastered English at an early age. © Copyright 2000-2020 A. S. Kline, All Rights Reserved. The world was its dream. We are as ignorant of the meaning of the dragon as we are of the meaning of the universe. Art always opts for the individual, the concrete; art is not Platonic. Besides, rereading, not reading, is what counts. Known for: Ficciones (1944) Fame is a form, perhaps the worst form, of incomprehension. Every novel is an ideal plane inserted into the realm of reality. Other than being a giant of Spanish literature in his own right, Borges also influenced the writer who emerged over the years. The Book of Sand (translated from the Spanish) by Jorge Luis Borges …thy rope of sands… George Herbert (1593-1623)1 Lines consist of an infinite number of points; planes an infinite number of lines; volumes an infinite number of planes, hypervolumes an infinite number of volumes… No, this, this more The dictionary is based on the hypothesis -- obviously an unproven one -- that languages are made up of equivalent synonyms. 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 wander through Buenos Aires, and pause, perhaps mechanically nowadays, to gaze at an entrance archway and its metal gate; I hear about Borges via the mail, and read his name on a … We use cookies for essential site functions and for social media integration. I have known that thing the Greeks knew not – uncertainty. Explore our collection of motivational and famous quotes by authors you know and love. Already through the grey glass night ebbs, In the South there’s more than one worn gate, Your voice cannot recapture what the Persian. .....a miracle has the right to impose conditions. He was a pioneer ahead of his time and it is believed that he was the true pioneer of magic realism in literature. ', 'I am not sure that I exist, actually. eternity waits at the crossroad of stars. When a writer dies, he becomes his books. A good poem does not allow itself to be read in a low voice or silently. Leaving behind the babble of the plaza, I enter the Library. Little by little, I will yield all to him, even though his perverse habit of falsifying and exaggerating is clear to me. I feel, almost physically, the gravitation of the books, the enveloping serenity of order, time magically dessicated and preserved. The wide empire the Vikings chose not to found. His work embraces the "character of unreality in all literature". Our eyes see what they are accustomed to seeing. this declaration of the mastery Here are some of the selected ones. 1214 quotes from Jorge Luis Borges: 'I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. I had always imagined Paradise as a kind of library. For that reason, it is not unfair that one disobedience in a garden should contaminate all humanity; for that reason it is not unjust that the crucifixion of a single Jew should be sufficient to save it. The other one, Borges, is the one to whom things happen. And you can get it if you try. 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. Share with your friends. Literature is not exhaustible, for the sufficient and simple reason that a single book is not. I'm not interested in the fact that a writer may label himself as being intellectual or anti-intellectual.