Jorge Luis Borges Quotes

The central problem of novel-writing is causality.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "Narrative Art and Magic" ["El arte narrativo y la magia"] (1932), Discussion [Discusión] (1932).
In the course of a life devoted less to living than to reading, I have verified many times that literary intentions and theories are nothing more than stimuli and that the final work usually ignores or even contradicts them.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "Nathaniel Hawthorne," Other Inquisitions [Otras inquisiciones] (1952).
The exercise of letters is sometimes linked to the ambition to contruct an absolute book, a book of books that includes the others like a Platonic archetype, an object whose virtues are not diminished by the passage of time.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "Note on Walt Whitman" ["Nota sobre Walt Whitman"], Discussion [Discusión] (1932).
Universal history is the history of a few metaphors.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. (Essay first published 1951). "Pascal's Sphere," Other Inquisitions (1960), trans. (1964).
Perhaps universal history is the history of the diverse intonation of some metaphors.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "Pascal's Sphere" ["La esfera de Pascal" (1951)], Other Inquisitions [Otras inquisiciones] (1952).
Reading ... is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. Preface, Universal History of Infamy [Historia universal de la infamia] (1935).
Life and death have been lacking in my life.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. Prologue, Discussion [Discusión] (1932).
Life itself is a quotation.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. Quoted in Baudrillard, Cool Memories, ch. 5 (1987, trans. 1990). Heard by Jean Baudrillard at a lecture given in Paris.
In the order of literature, as in others, there is no act that is not the coronation of an infinite series of causes and the source of an infinite series of effects.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "The Flower of Coleridge" ["La flor de Coleridge"], Other Inquisitions [Otras inquisiciones] (1952).
To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "The Meeting in a Dream," Other Inquisitions (1952).