“How easy it would be not to think of a tiger” J. L. Borges

Once I came up with the idea of bookshelves personalized with quotes, the problem was choosing suitable quotes. 
Jorge Louis Borges is an Argentinian author who wrote mind-blowing fantastical/mystical short stories. The quote is from a piece called The Zahir. The narrator becomes obsessed by a magical object (a coin) that takes over his mind. As his every thought is possessed by the Zahir, he wishes that it could have been something else, something easier to ignore, more forgettable... a tiger perhaps?

                                                                                                                            “Stat rosa pristina
                                                                                                                            nomine, nomina
                                                                                                                             nuda tenemus”
                                                                                                                        Bernard of Morlay 

A Latin quote never hurts... This is a line from a 12th Century poem about the ‘vanity’ of worldly things. I came across this as it is the closing line of one of my all time favourite novels, “The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco (and indeed the line that gives the book its title). 
The last few paragraphs of the novel are a loose paraphrase of Bernard’s poem:
“Est ubi gloria nunc Babylonia?” Where is the glory of Babylon? Where the fame of the great warriors and emperors? Everything passes.
The rose remains in full bloom only in name (in the ‘idea’ of the rose - the actual physical rose withers and fades), all we have left are empty words. 

While I ended up selling the shelves as individual items, they were actually conceived as a pair. Can you spot the connection between the quotes?  Here it is!

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