Borges. He combines keen awareness of reality with surrealism and fantasy; the experience is transcendent — I want to leap from myself, into existence rich with subliminal undertone, alive with opportunity.
Here are selections from his writings.
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.
–From “Twenty Conversations with Borges, Including a Selection of Poems: Interviews by Roberto Alifano, 1981-1983.”
In life, he suffered from a sense of unreality, as do many Englishmen.
— “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”
There is no intellectual exercise which is not ultimately useless.
— “Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote”
That history should have imitated history was already sufficiently marvelous; that history should imitate literature is inconceivable….
— “Theme of the Traitor and Hero”
“Maybe this crime belongs to the history of Jewish superstitions,” murmured Lönnrot.
“Like Christianity,” the editor put in.
— “Death and the Compass”
The execution was set for the 29th of March, at nine in the morning. This delay was due to a desire on the part of the authorities to act slowly and impersonally, in the manner of planets or vegetables.
— “The Secret Miracle”
No one is anyone, one single immortal man is all men. Like Cornelius Agrippa, I am god, I am hero, I am philosopher, I am demon and I am world, which is a tedious way of saying that I do not exist.
— “The Immortal”
The heresies we should fear are those which can be confused with orthodoxy.
— “The Theologians”
To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.
— “Deutsches Requiem
Years of solitude had taught him that, in one’s memory, all days tend to be the same, but that there is not a day, not even in jail or in the hospital, which does not bring surprises, which is not a translucent network of minimal surprises.
— “The Waiting”
My advanced age has taught me the resignation of being Borges.
— “El informe de Brodie”