Jorge Luis Borges on Infinity

"In the fifteenth century in the city of Alexandra, the city of Alexander the Two-Horned, a series of tales was gathered. Those tales have a strange history, as it is generally believed. They were first told in India, then in Persia, then in Asia Minor, and finally written down in Arabic and compiled in Cairo. They became The Book of The Thousand and One Nights.

I want to pause over the title. It is one of the most beautiful in the world, as beautiful, I think, as that other title I have mentioned, An Experiment with Time. In this, there is another kind of beauty. I think it lies in the fact that for us the word thousand is almost synonymous with infinite. To say a thousand nights is to say infinite nights, countless nights, endless nights. To say a thousand and one nights is to add one to infinity… The idea of infinity is consubstantial with The Thousand and One Nights."

-Seven Nights by Jorge Luis Borges. 
A collection of 7 lectures delivered by Borges and taped during the summer of 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.