I couldn’t sleep that night. Towards the dawn I dreamed of an engraving in the style of Piranesi that I’d never seen, or had seen and forgotten, which represented the labyrinth. It was a stone amphitheater, surrounded by cypresses and taller than these. It had no doors or windows, but an infinite row of vertical, narrow slits. With the help of a magnifying glass I tried to find the Minotaur. I eventually found him. It was the monster of a monster; more bison than bull, his body lying in the dirt, sleeping, perhaps dreaming. Dreaming of what, of whom?
—Jorge Luis Borges, There Are More Things
"A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art."
Jorge Luis Borges —From “Twenty Conversations with Borges, Including a Selection of Poems: Interviews by Roberto Alifano, 1981-1983.” (via fuckyeahjorgeluisborges)
"I can give you my loneliness, my darkness, the hunger of my heart, I am trying to bribe you with uncertainty, with danger, with defeat."
Jorge Luis Borges (via fuckyeahjorgeluisborges)
"A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face."
Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph (via fuckyeahjorgeluisborges)
Jorge Luis Borges, “The Library of Babel”
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"For me, beauty is a physical sensation, something we feel with our
whole body. It is not the result of a judgment. We do not arrive at it by
way of rules. We either feel beauty or we don’t."
Jorge Luis Borges, Seven Nights
"The task of art is to transform what is continuously happening to us, to transform all these things into symbols, into music, into something which can last in man’s memory. That is our duty. If we don’t fulfill it, we feel unhappy."
Jorge Luis Borges, The Task of Art