The other day I found myself sitting at a desk, drinking a cup of coffee and all of a sudden I felt the urge to read something by Julio Cortázar. So I read a few poems that I found on the Internet and, as I imagined, I wasn’t disappointed.

Julio Cortázar was an Argentine novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Known as one of the founders of the Latin American Boom, Cortázar influenced an entire generation of Spanish-speaking readers and writers in the Americas and Europe. If you haven’t read anything by him, I suggest you to do so asap. You can start with All Fires The Fire – a collection of eight beautifully written short-stories (The Island at Noon is one of my all-time favorites).

Not necessarily a style icon, Cortázar dressed simply (as the writer and Unesco translator that he was) while probably being more concerned with crafting his art – which I believe he did successfully. He therefore remains a literary inspiration for many authors and a great treasure for us readers.

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Argentinian writer Julio Cortazar poses at home (Photo Ulf Andersen/Getty Images)

“Only in dreams, in poetry, in play do we sometimes arrive at what we were before we were this thing that, who knows, we are.”

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I think we all have a little bit of that beautiful madness that keeps us walking when everything around us is so insanely sane.

Julio Cortázar - Daily Inspiration by Silviu Tolu

“Time is born in the eyes, everybody knows that.”

“Of all our feelings the only one which really doesn’t belong to us is hope. Hope belongs to life, it’s life itself defending itself. Etcetera.”

Julio Cortázar - Daily Inspiration by Silviu Tolu

All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.

Julio Cortázar - Daily Inspiration by Silviu Tolu

” Only by living absurdly is it possible to break out of this infinite absurdity.”

“The evolution from happiness to habit is one of death’s best weapons.”

Julio Cortázar


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