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Life itself is a quotation. ...
by Jorge Luis Borges

Life itself is a quotation.
- 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

 

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

Reality is not always probable, or likely.
- 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

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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

Life and death have been lacking in my life.
- 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

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

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

Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand,
but we must build as if the sand were stone.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life is a reflection of intent.
Love reflects love.
Hate reflects hate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to Dance in the Rain.
- Vivian Greene

Life is a succession of lessons
which must be lived to be understood.
- Helen Keller

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

Bringing a childlike wonder
and a beginner's mind to life
maximizes both success and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Life is always lived in the eye-of-the-storm
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The life of inner peace,
being harmonious and without stress,
is the easiest type of existence.
- Norman Vincent Peale

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Life's burdens are lighter when I laugh at myself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The book of life is filled with incoherent riddles.
Life's true lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anger is like a thorn in the heart.
- Yiddish Proverb

Happiness walks on busy feet.
- Kitte Turmell

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

We don't see things as they are,
we see things as we are.
- Anais Nin

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Happiness cannot thrive within the prison of obligation
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle

He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

Beware the Rattlesnake of the Mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Forgiveness is an act of self-love and respect.
- don Miguel Ruiz


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