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 Quotes
Art always opts for the individual, the concrete; art is not Platonic. – Jorge Luis Borges Quotes
Democracy is an abuse of statistics. – Jorge Luis Borges Quotes
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 Quotes
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 Quotes
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. – Jorge Luis Borges Quotes
I have known uncertainty: a state unknown to the Greeks. – Jorge Luis Borges Quotes
In general, every country has the language it deserves. – Jorge Luis Borges Quotes
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 Quotes
Life and death have been lacking in my life. – Jorge Luis Borges Quotes
Life itself is a quotation. – Jorge Luis Borges Quotes
Like all those possessing a library, Aurelian was aware that he was guilty of not knowing his in its entirety. – Jorge Luis Borges Quotes
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 Quotes
My undertaking is not difficult, essentially. I should only have to be immortal to carry it out. – Jorge Luis Borges Quotes
Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone. – Jorge Luis Borges Quotes
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 Quotes
Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art. – Jorge Luis Borges Quotes
Reading is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual. – Jorge Luis Borges Quotes
Reality is not always probable, or likely. – Jorge Luis Borges Quotes
The central problem of novel-writing is causality. – Jorge Luis Borges Quotes
– “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.”
– “When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”
– “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
– “It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”
– “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
– “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
– “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
– “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
– “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
– “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.
A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants.
All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.
All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.
All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.
And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.
Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.
Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.
As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser.
Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.
Courage is a kind of salvation.
Courage is knowing what not to fear.
Cunning… is but the low mimic of wisdom.
Death is not the worst that can happen to men.
Democracy passes into despotism.
– “A physicist is just an atom’s way of looking at itself.”
– “An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.”
– “An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field.”
– “Einstein, stop telling God what to do!”
– “Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.”
– “Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation, but as a question.”
– “Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.”
– “How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.”
– “If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy, that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them.”
– “If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.”
– “It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how Nature is. Physics concerns what we say about Nature.”
– “Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.”
– “No, no, you’re not thinking; you’re just being logical.”
– “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”
– “Technology has advanced more in the last thirty years than in the previous two thousand. The exponential increase in advancement will only continue. Anthropological Commentary The opposite of a trivial truth is false; the opposite of a great truth is also true.”
– “The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.”
– “The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.”
– “There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them.”
– “There are trivial truths and the great truths. The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false. The opposite of a great truth is also true.”
– “We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.”