JL Borges Labyrinth
“There’s no need to build a labyrinth when the entire universe is one.” Borges
“Let others brag about the pages they have written; I’m proud of those I’ve read.” Borges
Jorge Luis Borges (1899-08-24 – 1986-06-14) was an Argentine writer who is considered one of the foremost literary figures of the 20th century. Most famous in the English speaking world for his short stories and fictive essays, Borges was also a poet, critic, translator and man of letters.
“May Heaven exist, even if our place is Hell.” – “Deutsches Requiem”. (Emece edition, 1974).
“No one is anyone, one single immortal man is all men. Like Cornelius Agrippa, I am god, I am hero, I am philosopher, I am demon and I am world, which is a tedious way of saying that I do not exist.” – “The Immortal” (1949)
“Years of solitude had taught him that, in one’s memory, all days tend to be the same, but that there is not a day, not even in jail or in the hospital, which does not bring surprises, which is not a translucent network of minimal surprises.” – “The Waiting” translated by James E. Irby (1959)
“Dictatorships foster oppression, dictatorships foster servitude, dictatorships foster cruelty; more abominable is the fact that they foster idiocy.” Borges
“Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand is stone.” Borges
“I tried mescaline and cocaine in my youth, but i immediately switched to mint candy, which was more stimulating. I am not interested in drugs if they produce the same effects as alcohol. A drunkard is evidently ridiculous. I have been drunk some times, and I remember them as horrible experiences for me and everyone else.” – As quoted in Borges, El palabrista (1999) by Estebán Peicovich
“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.” Borges
The Shining (1980)