Jorge Luis Borges

It is venturesome to think that a coordination of words…can resemble the universe very much. According to this doctrine, the world is a fabrication of the will. Art—always—requires visible unrealities. Let us admit what all idealists admit: the hallucinatory nature of the world. Let us do what no idealist has done: seek unrealities which confirm that nature. We shall find them, I believe, in the antinomies of Kant and in the dialectic of Zeno.

“The greatest magician (Novalis) has memorably written) would be the one who cast over himself a spell so complete that he would take his own phantasmagorias as autonomous appearances. Would not this be the case?” I conjecture that this is so. We (the undivided divinity operating within us) have dreamt the world. We have dreamt it as firm, mysterious, visible, ubiquitous in space and durable in time; but in its architecture we have allowed tenuous and eternal crevices of unreason which tell us it is false.

— “Avatars of the Tortoise”