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An abomination is something worthy of, or causing, abhorrence, as a thing of evil omen.


  • The earth we inhabit is an error, an incompetent parody. Mirrors and paternity are abominable because they multiply and affirm it.
    • Jorge Luis Borges, in "Hakim, the Masked Dyer of Merv", in A Universal History of Iniquity (1935); tr. Andrew Hurley, Collected Fictions (1998); Cf. Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius (1940).
  • One of the heresiarchs of Uqbar had stated that mirrors and copulation are abominable, since they both multiply the numbers of man.
    • Jorge Luis Borges, in Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius (1940).
    • Variant translation: For one of those gnostics, the visible universe was an illusion or, more precisely, a sophism. Mirrors and fatherhood are abominable because they multiply it and extend it.
  • We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves.
  • Compare not thyself with others, but with Me. If thou dost not find Me in those with whom thou comparest thyself, thou comparest thyself to one who is abominable.
  • The wasting of time is an abomination to the spirit... When riches are gained, follow desire, for riches will not profit if one is sluggish.
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