^"His was a particular kind of blindness, grown on him gradually since the age of thirty and settled in for good after his fifty-eighth birthday." In Alberto Manguel, With Borges, London:Telegram Books (2006), p. 15-16.
^JOZEF, Bella. "Borges: linguagem e metalinguagem". In: O espaço reconquistado. Petrópolis, RJ(Rio de Janeiro): Vozes, 1974, p.43.
^ 3.03.1Masina, Lea. "Murilo Rubião, o mágico do conto". In: O pirotécnico Zacarias e outros contos escolhidos. Porto Alegre: L & PM, 2001, p.5.
^From the song "Choro Bandido" ("Crying Bandit", literally) by Chico Buarque and Edu Lobo quoted in FERREIRA, Eliane Fernanda C. "O (In) visível imaginado em Borges". In: Pedro Pires Bessa (ed.). Riqueza Cultural Ibero-Americana. Campus de Divinópolis-UEMG, 1996, p. 313-314. In short, Borges's blindness led him to favour poetry and shorter narratives over novels.
^Borges wrote: "When I think of what I've lost, I ask, 'Who knows themselves better than the blind?' - for every thought becomes a tool." In Borges, Jorge Luis. Siete Noches. Obras Completas, vol. III. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 1994.
^Coetzee, J.M., "Borges's Dark Mirror", New York Review of Books, Volume 45, Number 16 · October 22, 1998