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  • Another school declares that all time has already transpired and that our life is only the crepuscular and no doubt falsified and mutilated memory or reflection of an irrecoverable process. Another, that the history of the universe - and in it our lives and the most tenuous detail of our lives - is the scripture produced by a subordinate god in order to communicate with a demon. Another, that the universe is comparable to those cryptographs in which not all the symbols are valid...
    (Jorge Luis Borges, "Collected Fictions")

  • We can handle all European themes, handle them without superstition, with an irreverence which can have, and already does have, fortunate consequences.
    (Jorge Luis Borges, "Labyrinths")

  • As the end approaches, there are no longer any images from memory - there are only words.
    (Jorge Luis Borges, "Collected Fictions")

  • Whatever one man does, it is as if all men did it. 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.
    (Jorge Luis Borges, "Labyrinths")

  • Fame is a form, perhaps the worst form, of incomprehension.
    (Jorge Luis Borges, "Collected Fictions")


  • With relief, with humiliation, with terror, he understood that he too was a mere appearance, dreamt by another.
    (Jorge Luis Borges, "Labyrinths")

  • He consorted with prostitutes and poets...and with persons even worse.
    (Jorge Luis Borges, "Collected Fictions")

  • I have no way of knowing whether the events that I am about to narrate are effects or causes.
    (Jorge Luis Borges, "Collected Fictions")

  • It also occurred to him that throughout history, humankind has told two stories: the story of a lost ship sailing the Mediterranean seas in quest of a beloved isle, and the story of a god who allows himself to be crucified on Golgotha.
    (Jorge Luis Borges, "Collected Fictions")

  • Reality is partial to symmetry and slight anachronisms
    (Jorge Luis Borges, "Collected Fictions")

  • So my life is a point-counterpoint, a kind of fugue, and a falling away-and everything winds up being lost to me, and everything falls into oblivion, or into the hands of the other man.
    (Jorge Luis Borges, "Collected Fictions")

  • Sometimes a few birds, a horse, have saved the ruins of an amphitheater.
    (Jorge Luis Borges, "Collected Fictions")

  • Then he reflected that reality does not usually coincide with our anticipation of it; with a logic of his own he inferred that to forsee a circumstantial detail is to prevent its happening. Trusting in this weak magic, he invented, so that they would not happen, the most gruesome details.
    (Jorge Luis Borges, "Collected Fictions")

  • To say good-bye is to deny separation; it is to say Today we play at going our own ways, but we'll see each other tomorrow. Men invented farewells because they somehow knew themselves to be immortal, even while seeing themselves as contingent and ephemeral.
    (Jorge Luis Borges, "Collected Fictions")

  • Upstream, Arkansas and Ohio have their bottomlands, too, populated by a jaundiced and hungry-looking race, prone to fevers, whose eyes gleam at the sight of stone and iron, for they know only sand and driftwood and muddy water.
    (Jorge Luis Borges, "Collected Fictions")


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