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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
Jorge Luis Borges
“I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.”
Jorge Luis Borges
“I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.”
Jorge Luis Borges
“Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time.”
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
“A writer - and, I believe, generally all persons - must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.”
Jorge Luis Borges, Twenty-Four Conversations with Borges: Interviews by Roberto Alifano 1981-1983
“To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.”
Jorge Luis Borges
“So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”
Jorge Luis Borges
“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.”
Jorge Luis Borges
“Don't talk unless you can improve the silence.”
Jorge Luis Borges
“You have wakened not out of sleep, but into a prior dream, and that dream lies within another, and so on, to infinity, which is the number of grains of sand. The path that you are to take is endless, and you will die before you have truly awakened.”
Jorge Luis Borges
“Siempre imaginé que el Paraíso sería algún tipo de biblioteca.”
Jorge Luis Borges
“The mind was dreaming. The world was its dream.”
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 & Other Writings
“When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation."

[As attributed by Alastair Reid in Neruda and Borges, The New Yorker, June 24, 1996; as well as in The Talk of the Town, The New Yorker, July 7, 1986]”
Jorge Luis Borges
“A book is more than a verbal structure or series of verbal structures; it is the dialogue it establishes with its reader and the intonation it imposes upon his voice and the changing and durable images it leaves in his memory. A book is not an isolated being: it is a relationship, an axis of innumerable relationships.”
Jorge Luis Borges
“Heaven and hell seem out of proportion to me: the actions of men do not deserve so much.”
Jorge Luis Borges
“Personally, I am a hedonistic reader; I have never read a book merely because it was ancient. I read books for the aesthetic emotions they offer me, and I ignore the commentaries and criticism.”
Jorge Luis Borges, Seven Nights
“Reality is not always probable, or likely.”
Jorge Luis Borges
“Life itself is a quotation.”
Jorge Luis Borges
“بعد فترة تتعلم الفرق الواهي
بين الإمساك بيد وبين تكبيل روح،
وتتعلم أن الحب لا يعني الاتكاء
وأن الصحبة لا تعني الأمان.
وتبدأ بالتعلم أن القبل لا تعني اتفاقات مبرمة
وأن الهدايا ليست وعوداً
وتبدأ بتقبل هزائمك
مع رأسك مرفوع وعينيك مفتوحتين
بسمو إمرأة، وليس بحزن طفل،
وتتعلم بناء كل دروبك على يومك الحاضر
لأن أرض الغد غير جديرة بالثقة بالنسبة الى الخطط
بعد فترة تتعلم...
إنه حتى أشعة الشمس تحرق إذا بالغت في الاقتراب.
لذا تقوم بزرع حديقتك وتزيّن روحك
بدلاً من انتظار شخص ما ليحضر لك الزهور.
وتتعلم أنه بمقدورك حقاً الاحتمال...
انك حقاً قوي
وأنك تطوي قيمتك بداخلك...
وتتعلم وتتعلم...
مع كل وداع تتعلم.”
خورخي لويس بورخيس
“Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.”
Jorge Luis Borges
“A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face.”
Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph and Other Stories
“The original is unfaithful to the translation.”
Jorge Luis Borges
tags: pomo
“Learning

After some time, you learn the subtle difference between
holding a hand
and imprisoning a soul;
You learn that love does not equal sex,
and that company does not equal security,
and you start to learn….
That kisses are not contracts and gifts are not promises,
and you start to accept defeat with the head up high
and open eyes,
and you learn to build all roads on today,
because the terrain of tomorrow is too insecure for plans…
and the future has its own way of falling apart in half.

And you learn that if it’s too much
even the warmth of the sun can burn.

So you plant your own garden and embellish your own soul,
instead of waiting for someone to bring flowers to you.

And you learn that you can actually bear hardship,
that you are actually strong,
and you are actually worthy,
and you learn and learn…and so every day.

Over time you learn that being with someone
because they offer you a good future,
means that sooner or later you’ll want to return to your past.

Over time you comprehend that only who is capable
of loving you with your flaws, with no intention of changing you
can bring you all happiness.

Over time you learn that if you are with a person
only to accompany your own solitude,
irremediably you’ll end up wishing not to see them again.

Over time you learn that real friends are few
and whoever doesn’t fight for them, sooner or later,
will find himself surrounded only with false friendships.

Over time you learn that words spoken in moments of anger
continue hurting throughout a lifetime.

Over time you learn that everyone can apologize,
but forgiveness is an attribute solely of great souls.

Over time you comprehend that if you have hurt a friend harshly
it is very likely that your friendship will never be the same.

Over time you realize that despite being happy with your friends,
you cry for those you let go.

Over time you realize that every experience lived,
with each person, is unrepeatable.

Over time you realize that whoever humiliates
or scorns another human being, sooner or later
will suffer the same humiliations or scorn in tenfold.

Over time you learn to build your roads on today,
because the path of tomorrow doesn’t exist.

Over time you comprehend that rushing things or forcing them to happen
causes the finale to be different form expected.

Over time you realize that in fact the best was not the future,
but the moment you were living just that instant.

Over time you will see that even when you are happy with those around you,
you’ll yearn for those who walked away.

Over time you will learn to forgive or ask for forgiveness,
say you love, say you miss, say you need,
say you want to be friends, since before
a grave, it will no longer make sense.

But unfortunately, only over time…”
Jorge Luis Borges
“Truly fine poetry must be read aloud. A good poem does not allow itself to be read in a low voice or silently. If we can read it silently, it is not a valid poem: a poem demands pronunciation. Poetry always remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. It remembers that it was first song.”
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
“To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.”
Jorge Luis Borges
“إننا بحاجة إلى الخيال كي نواجه تلك الفظاعات التي تفرضها علينا الأشياء.”
خورخي لويس بورخيس
“Yo no hablo de venganzas ni perdones, el olvido es la única venganza y el único perdón.”
Borges

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