Quotes by Jorge Luis Borges

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

"I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited."

"I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books."

"Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time."

"Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written; I'd rather boast about the ones I've read."


Books by Jorge Luis Borges

  • La lettera scarlatta
  • 739,199 ratings
  • June 1st 2004 by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore

    (first published March 16th 1850)

  • La Señora Dalloway
  • 236,187 ratings
  • October 8th 2015 by Createspace

    (first published May 14th 1925)

  • Un cuarto propio
  • 131,563 ratings
  • January 21st 2000 by Colofón

    (first published September 1929)

Jorge Luis Borges
  • Jorge Luis Borges

  • Date of birth: August 24, 1899
  • Died: June 14, 1986
  • Born: in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • Description: Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, usually referred to as Jorge Luis Borges (Spanish pronunciation: [xoɾxe lwis boɾxes]), was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires. In 1914, his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. On his return to Argentina in 1921, Borges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals. He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer. Borges was fluent in several languages. He was a target of political persecution during the Peron regime, and supported the military juntas that overthrew it.

    Due to a hereditary condition, Borges became blind in his late fifties. In 1955, he was appointed director of the National Public Library (Biblioteca Nacional) and professor of Literature at the University of Buenos Aires. In 1961, he came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers' Prize Prix Formentor. His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe. He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1986.

    J. M. Coetzee said of Borges: "He, more than anyone, renovated the language of fiction and thus opened the way to a remarkable generation of Spanish American novelists."