Jorge Luis Borges

1899 - 1986

A Quote by Jorge Luis Borges

I am looking for the face I had before the world was made.

Jorge Luis Borges (1899 - 1986)

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A Quote by Jorge Luis Borges on borges, time, myth, and destiny

And yet, and yet … Negar la sucesión temporal, negar el yo, negar el universo astronómico, son desesperaciones aparentes y consuelos secretos. Nuestro destino no es espantoso por irreal: es espantoso porque es irreversible y de hierro. El tiempo es la sustancia de que estoy hecho. El tiempo es un río que me arrebata, pero yo soy el río; es un tigre que me destroza, pero yo soy el tigre; es un fuego que me consume, pero yo soy el fuego. El mundo desgraciadamente es real; yo, desgraciadamente, soy Borges.

If your Spanish is a little rusty or nonexistent the following is a fairly decent translation of the above quotation:
And yet, and yet
 . . . Denying temporal succession, denying the self, denying the astronomical universe, are apparent desperations and secret consolations. Our destiny is not frightful by being unreal; it is frightful because it is irreversible and iron-clad. 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. The world, unfortunately, is real; I, unfortunately, am Borges.

Jorge Luis Borges (1899 - 1986)

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A Quote by Jorge Luis Borges on time

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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 (1899 - 1986)

Source: Unknown

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A Quote by Jorge Luis Borges on god, love, and religion

To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.

Jorge Luis Borges (1899 - 1986)

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A Quote by Jorge Luis Borges on ideas and people

Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year.

Jorge Luis Borges (1899 - 1986)

Source: Mark and Barbara Hall Collection.

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A Quote by 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 (1899 - 1986)

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A Quote by Jorge Luis Borges on corruption

The infinite is a concept which corrupts and upsets all others.

Jorge Luis Borges (1899 - 1986)

Source: Essay: "The Avatars of the Tortoise"

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