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1. "I have for a long time loved fabulist, imaginative fiction, such as the writing of Italo Calvino, Jose Saramago, Michael Bulgakov, and Salman Rushdie. I also like the magic realist writers, such as Borges and Marquez, and feel that interesting truths can be learned about our world by exploring highly distorted worlds."
Author: Alan Lightman
2. "For Borges, the core of reality lay in books; reading books, writing books, talking about books. In a visceral way, he was conscious of continuing a dialogue begun thousands of years before and which he believed would never end."
Author: Alberto Manguel
3. "... So bewies mir das Wagnis, dass es nicht zerstörerisch ist, wenn wir unser Innerstes aufs Spiel setzen, wenn wir unseren verborgenen und echten Kern anbieten. Wie können nicht zerstört werden."
Author: Anaïs Nin
4. "My influences have been what I call my four Bs - the primary one being the blues, then Borges, Baraka, and Bearden."
Author: August Wilson
5. "[...] og at han la særlig vekt på å gjennomgå Ibsens dramaer med sine elever, da var det den andre kunne si: Ja, Ibsen, ja, han ligger nok for høyt for meg, eller: Nei, du vet, jeg har aldri kommet til å interessere meg for litteratur, og i dette lå det en beklagelse, og den var ikke deres egen, for de var jo så lite interessert i litteratur og Ibsens dramaer at de ikke så noen grunn til å beklage det, hva i himmelens navn var det de skulle beklage, for sin egen del? Nei, det var som samfunnsmennesker de fant det nødvendig å uttrykk denne beklagelse, altså beklagelse som et nødvendig uttrykk for den dannelse ethvert sivilisert samfunn søker å gi sine borgere, og som det, som man ser, i dette tilfellet hadde lykkes med. At enkle samtaler mellom gamle kjente som tilfeldigvis treffes etter noen år, arter seg slik, og ikke på stikk motsatt vis, på dette bygger et hvert sivilisert samfunn sine fundamenter, hadde han ofte tenkt, ikke minst i de siste åra."
Author: Dag Solstad
6. "Zomaar een mijmering, een pasgeboren stuiverfilosofietje:Dat de tranen die vloeien als de pupillen elkaar aanraken, zoals ik vroeger droomde, misschien heel anders zijn dan de tranen die de gangbare traangebruiker kent. Ik bedoel - misschien zijn het honingzoete tranen die komen uit een verborgen reservetraankliertje dat we niet eens kennen. Het enige orgaan dat geschapen is in de wetenschap dat het nooit gebruikt zou worden. Een droevige privé-grap van God, die van tevoren wist met wie hij te maken had, want de aantrekkingskracht kan kennelijk wel overwonnen worden, maar niet de afkeer en afweer van een ziel die ineens een andere ziel voor zich ziet, dichtbij en gapend, waarna dus meteen de knippering komt, die de grenswacht is."
Author: David Grossman
7. "Vorher glaubte ich, die Dinge hätten eine Bestimmung, einen verborgenen Sinn. Vorher glaubte ich, dieser Sinn sei der Gestaltung der Welt vorausgegangen. Aber der Gedanke, es gebe schlechte und gute Gründe, ist eine Illusion,[...], denn ich weiß jetzt, dass das Leben nur eine Folge von Ruhe- und Ungleichgewichtszuständen ist, deren Anordnung keiner Notwendigkeit unterliegt."
Author: Delphine De Vigan
8. "Borges spune cu destula dreptate ca Pascal se intereseaza mai putin de Dumnezeu, cît de combaterea celor care-l tagaduiesc. In fond, Pascal avea temperament de polemist. Toata opera lui e un atac mai mult sau mai putin deghizat. (Este si motivul pentru care-mi place atît de mult.)"
Author: Emil Cioran
9. "Für niemand ist die Erde so viel wie für den Soldaten. Wenn er sich an sie presst, lange, heftig, wenn er sich tief mit dem Gesicht und mit den Gliedern in sie hineinwühlt in der Todesangst des Feuers, dann ist sie sein einziger Freund, sein Bruder, seine Mutter, er stöhnt seine Furcht und seine Schreie in ihr Schweigen und ihre Geborgenheit, sie nimmt sie auf und entlässt ihn wieder zu neuen zehn Sekunden Lauf und Leben, fasst ihn wieder und manchmal für immer."
Author: Erich Maria Remarque
10. "Wir reden nicht viel, aber wir sind voll zarterer Rücksicht miteinander, als ich mir denke, dass Liebende es sein können. Wir sind zwei Menschen, zwei winzige Funken Leben, draußen ist die Nacht und der Kreis des Todes. Wir sitzen an ihrem Rande, gefährdet und geborgen...wir sind uns nahe mit unseren Herzen und die Stunde ist wie der Raum: Überflackert von einem sanftem Feuer gehen die Empfindungen hin und her..."
Author: Erich Maria Remarque
11. "Borges is particularly stimulating to a man who works in the cinema, because the unusual thing about his writing is that it is like a dream, extraordinarily farsighted in calling up from the unconscious complete images in which the thing itself, and its meaning, coexist - exactly as happens in a film. And, just as happens in dreams, in Borges the incongruous, the absurd, the contradictory, the arcane and the repetitive, although as powerfully imaginative as ever, are at the same time illumined like the careful details of something larger, something unknown, and are the faultless elements of a cruelly perfect, indifferent mosaic. Even the fact that Borges's work is strangely fragmentary makes me think of a broken dreamlike flow; and the heterogeneous quality of his work - stories, essays, poems - I prefer to see not as the union of the multiple threads in a greedy, impatient talent, but as a mysterious sign of unending change."
Author: Federico Fellini
12. "You always felt destined for stardom of one kind or another. But the fear that maybe that wasn't true wouldn't leave you alone. That you were no more than the classes you'd taken, the schools you'd attended, the books you'd read, the languages you spoke, your scholarships, your master's thesis on Borges and the English writers, and so on, but nobody unique, with a talent only your own. You were desperate for something that was yours alone. I was yours alone, but that isn't what you meant."
Author: Francisco Goldman
13. "This is how space begins, with words only, signs traced on the blank page. To describe space: to name it, to trace it, like those portolano-makers who saturated the coastlines with the names of harbours, the names of capes, the names of inlets, until in the end the land was only separated from the sea by a continuous ribbon of text. Is the aleph, that place in Borges from which the entire world is visible simultaneously, anything other than an alphabet?"
Author: Georges Perec
14. "Die Belohnung für Langeweile sind Sicherheit und Geborgenheit."
Author: Hanif Kureishi
15. "Epitáfio /J.L.Borges (?)Já somos a ausência que seremos.O pó elementar que nos ignora,que foi o rubro Adão, e que é agoratodos os homens, e que não veremos.Já somos sobre a campa as duas datasdo início e do fim. O ataúde,a obscena corrupção que nos desnude,o pranto, e da morte suas bravatas.Não sou o insensato que se aferraao som encantatório do seu nome.Penso com esperança em certo homemque não há de saber o que eu fui na terra.Sob o cruel azul do firmamentoconsolo encontro neste pensamento [277]."
Author: Héctor Abad Faciolince
16. "Wenn mir Musik die Seele bewegte, dann verstand ich ohne Worte doch alles, fühlte in der Tiefe alles Lebens reine Harmonie und glaubte zu wissen, daß ein Sinn und schönes Gesetz in allem Geschehen verborgen sei. Wenn es auch eine Täuschung war, ich lebte doch darin und war darin beglückt."
Author: Hermann Hesse
17. "Zo vallen rondom een herfstboom de bladeren, hij voelt het niet, regen stroomt van hem af, of zon, of vorst en binnenin hem trekt het leven zich tot het uiterste en verborgenste terug. Hij sterft niet. Hij wacht."
Author: Hermann Hesse
18. "Diese Grausamkeiten sind in Wirklichkeit keine. Ein Mensch des Mittelalters würde den ganzen Stil unseres heutigen Lebens noch ganz anders als grausam, entsetzlich und barbarisch verabscheuen! Jede Zeit, jede Kultur, jede Sitte und Tradition hat ihren Stil hat ihre ihr zukommenden Zartheiten und Härten, Schönheiten und Grausamkeiten, hält gewisse Leiden für selbstverständlich, nimmt gewisse Übel geduldig hin. Zum wirklichen Leiden, zur Hölle wir das menschliche Leben nur da, wo zwei Kulturen und Religionen einander überschneiden. […] Es gibt nun Zeiten, wo eine ganze Generation so zwischen zwei Zeiten, zwischen zwei Lebensstile hineingerät, dass ihre jede Selbstverständlichkeit, jede Sitte, jede Geborgenheit und Unschuld verloren geht."
Author: Hermann Hesse
19. "Uit deze belevenissen, die niemand ziet, bestaat de innerlijke, wezenlijke lijn van ons lot. Zulk een breuk en scheur groeit weer dicht, hij heelt en wordt vergeten, maar in de diepst verborgen hoek leeft en bloedt hij verder."
Author: Hermann Hesse
20. "De tilhørte nemlig den klassen av det franske høyborgerskapet som heller vil se barna sine uten brød, kjøtt og luft enn uten eksamenspapirer."
Author: Irène Némirovsky
21. "That you're Borges.' Manny laughed. 'Of course you are, you dumb shit. That's the whole point."
Author: James Sallis
22. "My biggest superhero of writing is Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentine fabulist. He's an amazingly perceptive writer, but also willing to make a joke."
Author: John Hodgman
23. "Hoewel de bevolking dus niet profiteert van de bio-industrie, is het ironische ook nog eens dat ze niet alleen van ons verwachten dat we hun producten kopen, maar ook nog eens betalen voor hun fouten. Alle vervuiling, alle onkosten voor het opruimen van hun afval wentelen ze af op de gemeenschap. Hun prijzen zijn kunstmatig laag - voor alle verborgen kosten mag iedereen nog jarenlang betalen."
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
24. "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]"
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
25. "La ya avanzada edad me ha enseñado la resignación de ser Borges"
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
26. "Zaman beni sürükleyen bir nehir, ama nehir benim;beni parçalayan bir kaplan, ama kaplan benim;beni tüketen bir ates, ama ates benim;evren, ne yazik ki gerçek;ben, ne yazik ki, borges'im"
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
27. "Things duplicate themselves in Tlön; they also tend to grow vague or ‘sketchy,' and to lose detail when they begin to be forgotten. The classic example is the doorway that continued to exist so long as a certain beggar frequented it, but which was lost to sight when he died. Sometimes a few birds, a horse, have saved the ruins of an amphitheater.' - Jorge Luis Borges, 'Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius."
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
28. "Time is the thing I am made of. Time is a river that sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that tears me apart, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire. The world, unfortunately, is real; I, unfortunately, am Borges."
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
29. "To think, analyze and invent, he [Pierre Menard] also wrote me, "are not anomalous acts, but the normal respiration of the intelligence. To glorify the occasional fulfillment of this function, to treasure ancient thoughts of others, to remember with incredulous amazement that the doctor universal is thought, is to confess our languor or barbarism. Every man should be capable of all ideas, and I believe that in the future he will be." (Jorge Luis Borges, "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote, 1939)"
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
30. "I have also imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges"
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
31. "It is forgetting, not remembering, that is the essence of what makes us human. To make sense of the world, we must filter it. "To think," Borges writes, "is to forget."
Author: Joshua Foer
32. "?"Und seid versichert, diese Frau hatte tatsächlich ein Herz, und zwar ein größeres, als die meisten Leute vermutet hätten. Da war eine Menge drin, aufgestapelt, meterhoch auf verborgenen Regalen."
Author: Markus Zusak
33. "Hij hield van Latijnse zinnen omdat ze de rust in zich borgen van alles wat verleden tijd was geworden. Omdat die zinnen je niet dwongen er iets over te zeggen. Omdat ze taal waren die aan al het gepraat voorbij was."
Author: Pascal Mercier
34. "Borges said there are only four stories to tell: a love story between two people, a love story between three people, the struggle for power and the voyage. All of us writers rewrite these same stories ad infinitum."
Author: Paulo Coelho
35. "Eines ist, die Geliebte zu singen. Ein anderes, wehe,jenen verborgenen schuldigen Fluß-Gott des Bluts."
Author: Rainer Maria Rilke
36. "According to Padilla, remembered Amalfitano, all literature could be classified as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual. Novels, in general, were heterosexual. Poetry, on the other hand, was completely homosexual. Within the vast ocean of poetry he identified various currents: faggots, queers, sissies, freaks, butches, fairies, nymphs, and philenes. But the two major currents were faggots and queers. Walt Whitman, for example, was a faggot poet. Pablo Neruda, a queer. William Blake was definitely a faggot. Octavio Paz was a queer. Borges was a philene, or in other words he might be a faggot one minute and simply asexual the next."
Author: Roberto Bolaño
37. "One should read Borges more."
Author: Roberto Bolaño
38. "I am told that César Aira writes two books a year, at least, some of which are published by a little Argentinean company named Beatriz Viterbo, after the character in Borges's story "The Aleph." The books of his that I have been able to find were published by Mondadori and and Tusquets Argentina. It's frustrating, because once you've started reading Aira, you don't want to stop. His novels seem to put the theories of Gombrowicz into practice, except, and the difference is fundamental, that Gombrowicz was the abbot of a luxurious imaginary monastery, while Aira is a nun or novice among the Discalced Carmelites of the Word. Sometimes he is reminiscent of Roussel (Roussel on his knees in a bath red with blood), but the only living writer to whom he can be compared is Barcelona's Enrique Vila-Matas. Aira is an eccentric, but he is also one of the three or four best writers working in Spanish today."
Author: Roberto Bolaño
39. "Canetti e creio que também Borges, dois homens tão diferentes, disseram que assim como o mar era o símbolo ou o espelho dos ingleses, o bosque era a metáfora onde viviam os alemães."
Author: Roberto Bolaño
40. "Dentro del inmenso océano de la poesía distinguía varias corrientes: maricones, maricas, mariquitas, locas, bujarrones, mariposas, ninfos y filenos. Las dos corrientes mayores, sin embargo, eran la de los maricones y la de los maricas. Walt Whitman, por ejemplo, era un poeta maricón. Pablo Neruda, un poeta marica. William Blake era maricón, sin asomo de duda, y Octavio Paz marica. Borges era fileno, es decir de improviso podía ser maricón y de improviso simplemente asexual. Rubén Darío era una loca, de hecho la reina y el paradigma de las locas. —En nuestra lengua, claro está —aclaró—; en el mundo ancho y ajeno el paradigma sigue siendo Verlaine el Generoso. Una loca, según San Epifanio, estaba más cerca del manicomio florido y de las alucinaciones en carne viva mientras que los maricones y los maricas vagaban sincopadamente de la Ética a la Estética y viceversa."
Author: Roberto Bolaño
41. "Platão, perplexo diante da beleza, inventou um mito: imagine que, antes de nascer, a alma habitava um mundo encantado onde moravam todas as coisas belas do universo. A alma as contemplou, sentiu-se feliz, e alma e beleza se abraçaram, para sempre. Mas aí, quando nascemos neste mundo, a alma esquece de tudo. E ela fica toda cheia de buracos -- como um queijo suíço! --, em cada buraco mora a presença de uma ausência. A alma é o lugar onde as ausências estão presentes. E essas belezas ausentes se fazem sentir como uma tristeza inexplicável, uma saudade pura, sem objeto, uma vontade de chorar. Isso acontece frequentemente na hora do pôr-do-sol. Borger cita Browning: "Quando nos sentimos mais seguros então acontece algo: um pôr-do-sol, e outra vez estamos perdidos". O pôr-do-sol é um emissário do mundo encantado."
Author: Rubem Alves
42. "Linda hatte viele Narben. Die meisten von ihnen waren größer als die auf der Stirn und schlechter verheilt, denn sie lagen an Stellen, an die keine Wundsalbe und kein Chirurg jemals herankommen würden: tief unten, verborgen im Seelengewebe ihrer Psyche."
Author: Sebastian Fitzek
43. "List of Artists Who Created Fantasy Worlds to Try and Cure Bouts of Sadness1. Italo Calvino2. Gabriel Garcia Marquez3. Jim Henson and Jorge Luis Borges - Labyrinths4. The creator of MySpace5. Richard Brautigan6. J.K. Rowling7. The inventor of the children's toy Lite-Brite8. Ann Sexton9. David Foster Wallace10. Gaugin and the Caribbean11. Charles Schulz12. Liam Rector"
Author: Shane Jones
44. "Es waren ausschließlich Männer, diese zwanghaften Buchkäufer und Sammler, die erfüllt waren von der neurotischen Überzeugung, wenn sie es nur einen Tag versäumten, hierherzukommen, könne damit auch ein Buch verloren sein oder zumindest in den Händen eines anderen Käufers landen. Was für ein Leben führten sie? Das Arcade war für sie das erste Ziel des Tages , wo sie rasch vorbeischauten, um einen Blick auf die Neuzugänge zu werfen, die am Fuße von Pikes Plattform aufgestapelt lagen; eine obligatorische, tägliche Suche nach verborgenen Schätzen. Raffgier trieb sie an und Missgunst - die beiden Ingredenzien einer jeden Passion, wie ich vermutete."
Author: Sheridan Hay
45. "Is there just one single love in a lifetime? Are all our lovers ? from the first to the last, including the most fleeting ? part of that unique love, and is each of them merely an expression of it, a variation, a particular version? In the same way that in literature there is just one true masterpiece to which different writers give a particular form (taking the twentieth century alone: Joyce, who explores everything happening inside his character;s head with microscopic precision; Proust, for whom the present is merely a memory of the past; Kafka, who drifts on the margins between dream and reality; the blind Borges, probably the one I relate to best, etc)."
Author: Sijie Dai
46. "We have inhabited both the actual and the imaginary realms for a long time. But we don't live in either place the way our parents or ancestors did. Enchantment alters with age, and with the age.We know a dozen Arthurs now, all of them true. The Shire changed irrevocably even in Bilbo's lifetime. Don Quixote went riding out to Argentina and met Jorge Luis Borges there. Plus c'est la même chose, plus ça change."
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
47. "As Borges has taught us, all the books in the library are contemporary. Great poems are like granaries: they are always ready to enlarge their store."
Author: William H. Gass
48. "Zu früh, befürcht ich; denn mein Herz erbangtUnd ahnet ein Verhängnis, welches, nochVerborgen in den Sternen, heute NachtBei dieser Lustbarkeit den furchtbarn ZeitlaufBeginnen und das Ziel des läst'gen Lebens,Das meine Brust verschließt, mir kürzen wirdDurch irgendeinen Frevel frühen Todes.Doch er, der mir zur Fahrt das Steuer lenkt,Richt' auch mein Segel!I fear, too early. For my mind misgivesSome consequence, yet hanging in the stars,Shall bitterly begin his fearful dateWith this night's revels, and expire the termOf a despisèd life, closed in my breast,By some vile forfeit of untimely death.But He that hath the steerage of my courseDirect my sail!Romeo: Act I, Scene 4"
Author: William Shakespeare

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