Quotes by 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
Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
– Jorge Luis Borges
I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.
– 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
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
– Jorge Luis Borges
Life itself is a quotation.
– 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
Reality is not always probable, or likely.
– Jorge Luis Borges
The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb.
– Jorge Luis Borges
The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing.
– Jorge Luis Borges
The original is unfaithful to the translation.
– Jorge Luis Borges
The truth is that we live out our lives putting off all that can be put off; perhaps we all know deep down that we are immortal and that sooner or later all men will do and know all things.
– Jorge Luis Borges
Through the years, a man peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, tools, stars, horses and people. Shortly before his death, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the image of his own face.
– 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
To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.
– Jorge Luis Borges
To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
– Jorge Luis Borges
Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.
– 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
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