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The fact is that all writers create their precursors. Their work modifies our conception of the past, just as it is bound to modify the future.

Jorge Luis Borges in Work, Past, Create

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The fact is that all writers create their precursors. Their work modifies our conception of the past, just as it is bound to modify the future.

Jorge Luis Borges

Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.

Jorge Luis Borges

Any life is made up of a single moment, the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.

Jorge Luis Borges

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.

Jorge Luis Borges

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

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

Jorge Luis Borges

To be immortal is commonplace; except for man, all creatures are immortal, for they are ignorant of death; what is divine, terrible, incomprehensible, is to know that one is immortal.

Jorge Luis Borges

I believe the secret of the success of psychoanalysis resides in people's vanity.

Jorge Luis Borges

What you really value is what you miss not what you have.

Jorge Luis Borges

What you really value is what you miss not what you have.

Jorge Luis Borges

Unappreciated because too many of his [Rudyard Kipling's] peers were socialists.

Jorge Luis Borges

Little did they suspect that the years would end by wearing away the disharmony.Little did they suspect that La Mancha and Montiel and the knight's frail figure would be, for the future, no less poetic than Sinbad's haunts or Ariosto's vast geographies.Fo

Jorge Luis Borges

As to whether a poem has been written by a great poet or not, this is important only to historians of literature. Let us suppose, for the sake of argument, that I have written a beautiful line; let us take this as a working hypothesis. Once I have written

Jorge Luis Borges

I never reread what I've written. I'm far too afraid to feel ashamed of what I've done.

Jorge Luis Borges

Which one of us has never felt, walking through the twilight or writing down a date from his past, that he has lost something infinite?

Jorge Luis Borges