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I foresee that man will resign himself each day to new abominations,
by Jorge Luis Borges

I foresee that man will resign himself each day to new abominations,
and soon that only bandits and soldiers will be left.
- Jorge Luis Borges

My father and he had one of those English friendships
which begins by avoiding the intimacies
and eventually eliminates speech altogether.
- Jorge Luis Borges

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

 

Art always opts for the individual, the concrete;
art is not Platonic.
- Jorge Luis Borges

There is a concept that is the corrupter and destroyer of all others.
I speak not of Evil, whose limited empire is that of ethics;
I speak of the infinite.
- Jorge Luis Borges

I have known uncertainty: a state unknown to the Greeks.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
- Jorge Luis Borges

To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Life and death have been lacking in my life.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Life itself is a quotation.
- Jorge Luis Borges

One concept corrupts and confuses the others.
I am not speaking of the Evil whose limited sphere is ethics;
I am speaking of the infinite.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Like all writers, he measured the achievements of others
by what they had accomplished,
asking of them that they measure him by what he envisaged or planned.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Reality is not always probable, or likely.
- Jorge Luis Borges

The central problem of novel-writing is causality.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of
the night without thinking that the night pleases us
because it suppresses idle details,
just as our memory does.
- Jorge Luis Borges

The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.
- 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

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

The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery,
which is worth nothing.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Like all those possessing a library,
Aurelian was aware that he was guilty of not knowing his in its entirety.
- Jorge Luis Borges

The original is unfaithful to the translation.
- Jorge Luis Borges

My undertaking is not difficult, essentially.
I should only have to be immortal to carry it out.
- Jorge Luis Borges

In general, every country has the language it deserves.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Reading is an activity subsequent to writing:
more resigned,
more civil, more intellectual.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

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 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

The truth is that we live out our lives putting off all that can be put off;
perhaps we all know deep down that we are immortal
and that sooner or later all men will do and know all things.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall.
He will end by destroying the earth.
- Albert Schweitzer

I do not want to foresee the future.
I am concerned with taking care of the present.
God has given me no control over the moment following.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

That is the difference between good teachers and great teachers:
good teachers make the best of a pupil's means;
great teachers foresee a pupil's ends.
- Maria Callas

It is far better to foresee even without certainty
than not to foresee at all.
- Henri Poincare

Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell,
and you can foresee the future, too.
- Marcus Aurelius

The dog is almost human in its demand for living interest,
yet fatally less than human in its inability to foresee.
- Robert Falcon Scott

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable,
and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable,
solutions are not.
- Isaac Asimov

I can't say I can foresee the future and tell the stars,
you know.
But I do have an understanding for my own reality,
just elements and things that I've learned from.
- Jenna Elfman

The future will be determined in part by happenings
that it is impossible to foresee;
it will also be influenced by trends that are now existent and observable.
- Emily Greene Balch

The mind cannot foresee its own advance.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

He who could foresee affairs three days in advance
would be rich for thousands of years.
- Thomas Carlyle

I foresee online gaming changing when there are good
audio-visual links connecting the participants,
thus approximating play in a face-to-face group.
- Gary Gygax

Neither gods nor men can foresee when an evil deed will bear its fruit.
- Bodhidharma

Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger
than the person that is in the world;
but it is impossible to foresee this,
it is impossible to be warned.
- James A. Baldwin

I have been blessed to see visions of eternity;
and events in my future that have been important for me to foresee,
have been revealed to me.
- Clayton Christensen

I foresee the day when we shall read nothing but telegrams and prayers.
- Emile M. Cioran

The art of statesmanship is to foresee the inevitable
and to expedite its occurrence.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

Good teachers make the best of a pupil's means;
great teachers foresee a pupil's ends.
- Maria Callas

The most important of all rights is the right to life,
and I cannot foresee a day when domesticated animals
will be granted that right in law.
- J. M. Coetzee

We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is
safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance.
In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee,
we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.
- E. M. Forster

I foresee the Chinese ruling the world.
What are you going to do to stop it? No president of
the United States will ever have enough power to stop
the Chinese when they want to take over the world.
- Evel Knievel

Also a great part of Polish industry proved to have
existed only to support the Soviet military industry,
and it became superfluous and incapable of being transformed into anything else.
We did not foresee that or the magnitude of these phenomena.
- Andrzej Wajda

We have made mistakes.
In our haste to do all things for all people,
we did not foresee the full consequences of our actions.
And when the people raised their voices,
we didn't hear.
But our deafness was only a temporary condition,
and not an irreversible condition.
- Barbara Jordan

When my job was attempting to predict future economic
developments for the Shell oil company,
I was frequently reminded of an Arabic saying:
'Those who claim to foresee the future are lying,
even if by chance they are later proved right.'
- Vince Cable

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference,
ignore the small daily differences we can make which,
over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
- Marian Wright Edelman

You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one.
I don't believe in little plans.
I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which
we can't possibly foresee now.
- Harry S. Truman

All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way.
People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes,
and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
- George Orwell

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


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