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Type: Poet
Nationality: Argentinian
Date of Birth: 08/24/1899




 

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Life and death have been lacking in my life.
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There is a concept that is the corrupter and destroyer of all others. I speak not of Evil, whose limited empire is that of ethics; I speak of the infinite.
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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.
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Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.
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Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.
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Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.
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Reading is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual.
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My undertaking is not difficult, essentially. I should only have to be immortal to carry it out.
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To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely.
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Any life is made up of a single moment, the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.
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The original is unfaithful to the translation.
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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.
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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
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The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb.
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The truth is that we live out our lives putting off all that can be put off; perhaps we all know deep down that we are immortal and that sooner or later all men will do and know all things.
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Reality is not always probable, or likely.
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I foresee that man will resign himself each day to new abominations, and soon that only bandits and soldiers will be left.
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The central problem of novel-writing is causality.
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Like all those possessing a library, Aurelian was aware that he was guilty of not knowing his in its entirety.
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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.
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To be immortal is commonplace; except for man, all creatures are immortal, for they are ignorant of death; what is divine, terrible, incomprehensible, is to know that one is immortal.
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I have known uncertainty: a state unknown to the Greeks.
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Art always opts for the individual, the concrete; art is not Platonic.
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The fact is that all writers create their precursors. Their work modifies our conception of the past, just as it is bound to modify the future.
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Life itself is a quotation.
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