Quotes from The Invention of Morel

Adolfo Bioy Casares ·  103 pages

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“The sea is endless when you are in a rowboat.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“And the reason I am so nervous is that everything I do now is leading me to one of three possible futures... Which one will it be? Time alone will tell. But still I know that writing this diary can perhaps provide the answer; it may even help produce the right future.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“The habits of our lives makes us presume that things will happen in a certain foreseeable way, that there will be a vague coherence in the world.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“To be on an island inhabited by artificial ghosts was the most unbearable of nightmares,- to be in love with one of those images was worse than being in love with a ghost (perhaps we always want the person we love to have the existence of a ghost).”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“No espero nada. Esto no es horrible. Después de resolverlo, he ganado tranquilidad. Pero esa mujer me ha dado una esperanza. Debo temer las esperanzas. Tal vez toda esa higiene de no esperar sea un poco ridícula. No esperar de la vida, para no arriesgarla; darse por muerto, para no morir. Ya no estoy muerto: estoy enamorado.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“No fue como si no me hubiera oído, como si no me hubiera visto; fue como si los oídos que tenía no sirvieran para oír, como si los ojos no sirvieran para ver.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“I do not believe that a dream should necessarily be taken for reality, or reality for madness.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“His work seems to confirm my old axiom: it is useless to try to keep the whole body alive.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“...when one is alone it is impossible to be dead.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“Spontaneity is the mother of crudity.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“Creo que perdemos la inmortalidad porque la resistencia a la muerte no ha evolucionado; sus perfeccionamientos insisten en la primera idea, rudimentaria: retener vivo todo el cuerpo. Sólo habría que buscar la conservación de lo que interesa a la conciencia.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“I thought I had made this discovery: that there are unexpected, constant repetitions in our behavior. The right combination of circumstances had enabled me to observe them. One seldom has the chance to be a clandestine witness of several talks between the same people. But scenes are repeated in life, just as they are in the theatre.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“Tal vez toda esa higiene de no esperar sea un poco ridícula. No esperar de la vida, para no arriesgarla; darse por muerto, para no morir.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“Ya no estoy muerto, estoy enamorado.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“The case of the inventor who is duped by his own invention emphasizes our need for circumspection.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“The influence of the future on the past," said Morel enthusiastically, almost inaudibly.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“Creio que perdemos a imortalidade porque a resistência à morte não evoluiu; seus aperfeiçoamentos insistem na ideia primitiva, rudimentar, de manter vivo todo o corpo. Só se deveria procurar conservar o que interessa para a consciência.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“Lloré durante el sueño y desperté con una inconsolable desesperanza porque Faustine no estaba y con llorado consuelo porque nos habíamos querido sin disimulo.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“... to his efforts to perpetuate man: but he has preserved nothing but sensations; and, although his invention was incomplete, he at least foreshadowed the truth: man will one day create human life.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“I dreaded an invasion of ghosts or, less likely, an invasion of the police.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“Non debbo sperare niente. Scrivo questa frase e mi viene un'idea che è una speranza.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“Nosotros viviremos en esa fotografía, siempre”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“Es ya costumbre de mis teorías más lúcidas deshacerse al día siguiente, quedar como pruebas de una combinación asombrosa de ineptitud y entusiasmo (o desesperación). Tal vez mi idea, una vez escrita, pierda la fuerza.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“Al hombre que, basándose en este informe, invente una máquina capaz de reunir las presencias disgregadas, haré una súplica: Búsquenos a Faustine y a mí, hágame entrar en el cielo de la conciencia de Faustine. Será un acto piadoso.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“Non sperare dalla vita, per non rischiarla; considerarsi morto, per non morire.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“Pero mi férrea disciplina derrota incesantemente a estas ideas, comprometedoras de la calma final.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“Ahora la mujer del pañuelo me resulta imprescindible. Tal vez toda esa higiene de no esperar sea un poco ridícula. No esperar de la vida, para no arriesgarla; darse por muerto, para no morir.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“Mi vida no es atroz. Si dejo las intranquilas esperanzas de partir en busca de Faustine, puedo acomodarme al destino seráfico de contemplarla.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“¡Por eso la mató, se mató con todos sus amigos, inventó la inmortalidad!”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


“La verdadera ventaja de mi solución es que hace de la muerte el requisito y la garantía de la eterna contemplación de Faustine.”
― Adolfo Bioy Casares, quote from The Invention of Morel


About the author

Adolfo Bioy Casares
Born place: in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Born date August 15, 1914
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