"Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Jorge Luis Borges on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Jorge Luis Borges on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Jorge Luis Borges on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Jorge Luis Borges on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Jorge Luis Borges on Robert Frost
"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."
"Life and death have been lacking in my life."
"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."
"To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god."
"Democracy is an abuse of statistics."