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08/24/2014 12:44 pm ET Updated Sep 19, 2014

11 Quotes To Remember Jorge Luis Borges On His Birthday

One of the most unique literary figures of the twentieth century, Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on this day in 1899.

As a master craftsman of the short story, Borges penned tales of Argentina’s criminal underbelly and created fictional worlds that captured his wonder with the concept of infinitude. His poems commemorate the unique culture and traditions of the capital of Buenos Aires, where he lived until his death in 1986.

Perhaps one of Latin America’s greatest writers, many view it as an injustice that he died without having received a Nobel Prize for literature.

“It makes me a little ashamed to receive the Nobel Prize, given that Borges didn’t receive it,” Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa said after winning the coveted award in 2010.

To mark the literary genius’s birthday, enjoy some of his most pithy quotes below.

  • 1 “Doubt is one of the names of intelligence.”
    Argentina's writer Jorge Luis Borges talks in his Buenos Aires apartment on Nov. 20, 1981 (AP)
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  • 3 “Life itself is a quotation.”
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    Books with notes an handwritten comments by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) on display at the National Library in Buenos Aires on September 24, 2010.
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  • 5 “Don't talk unless you can improve the silence.”
    Jorge Luis Borges, writer (Photo by Raul Urbina/Cover/Getty Images)
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  • 7 Writing is nothing more than a guided dream."
    In this Nov. 20, 1981 file photo, Argentina's writer Jorge Luis Borges talks in his apartment in Buenos Aires (AP)
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  • 9 “To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.”
    November 2007. Maria Kodama, widow of the writer Jorge Luis Borges. (Photo by Mariana Silvia Eliano/Cover/Getty Images)
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  • 11 “When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation."
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    The grave of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges in Geneva cemetery on February 11, 2009.

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