Sunday, April 06, 2008
Labyrinth of Borges Quotes
Jorges Luis Borges was an iconic figure in 20th century Latin American literature. He never published any novels, only collections of esoteric short stories, but the stories could blow your mind (as long as you could understand them). Here are some interesting things he said:
"Democracy is an abuse of statistics."
"The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb." –referring to the 1982 Falklands War between England and Argentina
"Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone."
"Reality is not always probable, or likely."
"To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely."
"Censorship is the mother of metaphor."
Check out this (kinda rambling) essay about Borges from Slate.