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One concept corrupts and confuses the others.
by 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

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

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

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

Reality is not always probable, or likely.
- 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

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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

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

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

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

Life itself is a quotation.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Life and death have been lacking in my life.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The central problem of novel-writing is causality.
- 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

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
- Joseph Campbell

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

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

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

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

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Drop the sword - for there is but one flesh to wound,
and it is the one flesh of all humankind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean.
- Ryunosuke Satoro

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34)

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

If you wait for opportunities to occur,
you will be one of the crowd.
- Edward de Bono

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anais Nin

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis


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