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  • #1
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “Siempre imaginé que el Paraíso sería algún tipo de biblioteca.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #2
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “Quienes dicen que el arte no debe propagar doctrinas suelen referirse a doctrinas contrarias a las suyas.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  • #3
    Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
    Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

  • #4
    Groucho Marx
    “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
    Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

  • #5
    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

  • #6
    Ian Stewart
    “If our brains were simple enough for us to understand them, we'd be so simple that we couldn't.”
    Ian Stewart, The Collapse of Chaos: Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World

  • #7
    John Stuart Mill
    “A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.”
    John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

  • #8
    Umberto Eco
    “Two clichés make us laugh. A hundred cliches move us. For we sense dimly that the clichés are talking among themselves, and celebrating a reunion.

    (Casablanca, or, The Clichés Are Having a Ball)”
    Umberto Eco, Signs of Life in the U.S.A.: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers

  • #9
    Ray Bradbury
    “I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.”
    Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

  • #10
    Umberto Eco
    “Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn't ask ourselves what it says but what it means...”
    Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

  • #11
    Jorge Luis Borges
    “Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.”
    Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings

  • #12
    William Gibson
    “The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.

    The Economist, December 4, 2003
    William Gibson

  • #13
    Anne Lamott
    “You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”
    Anne Lamott

  • #14
    Mark Twain
    “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”
    Mark Twain

  • #15
    Philip Roth
    “The fact remains that getting people right is not what living is all about anyway. It's getting them wrong that is living, getting them wrong and wrong and wrong and then, on careful reconsideration, getting them wrong again. That's how we know we're alive: we're wrong.”
    Philip Roth, American Pastoral



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