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The Secret Miracle

The Secret Miracle

by Jorge Luis Borges

Religion Quotes Page 3

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Quote #7

He remembered that the dreams of men belong to God and that Maimonides had written that the words of a dream, when they are clear and distinct and one cannot see who spoke them, are holy. (8)

Jaromir's reference to Maimonides, a famous Jewish philosopher of the Middle Ages, hints that maybe God really was speaking to him in his dream. Yikes.

Quote #8

He had asked God for an entire year in which to finish his work; God in His omnipotence had granted him a year. God had performed for him a secret miracle. (13)

For Jaromir, the suspension of time is an act of God. Is there any other way to interpret it?

Quote #9

He did not work for posterity, nor did he work for God, whose literary preferences were largely unknown to him. (12)

We just love Borges' dry sense of humor. Classic.