Fernando Pessoa Quotes

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Fernando Pessoa quotes: I carry my awareness of defeat like a banner of victory. I carry my awareness of defeat like a banner of victory.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: God wills, man dreams, the work is born. God wills, man dreams, the work is born.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: I come closer to my desk as to a bulwark against life. I come closer to my desk as to a bulwark against life.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Pg 9, The consciousness of life's unconsciousness is the oldest tax levied on the intelligence. Pg 9, The consciousness of life's unconsciousness is the oldest tax levied on the intelligence.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: I don't mourn the loss of my childhood; I mourn because everything, including (my) childhood, is lost. I don't mourn the loss of my childhood; I mourn because everything, including (my) childhood, is lost.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: My dreams are a stupid shelter, like an umbrella against lightning. My dreams are a stupid shelter, like an umbrella against lightning.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: My God, my God, whose performance am I watching? How many people am I? Who am I? What is this space between myself and myself? My God, my God, whose performance am I watching? How many people am I? Who am I? What is this space between myself and myself?
Fernando Pessoa quotes: The world belongs to who doesn't feel. The primary condition to be a practical man is the absence of sensitivity. The world belongs to who doesn't feel. The primary condition to be a practical man is the absence of sensitivity.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Let's absurdify life, from east to west.Let us play hide-and-seek with our consciousness of living. Let's absurdify life, from east to west.
Let us play hide-and-seek with our consciousness of living.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: I search and can't find myself. I belong in chrysanthemum time, sharp in calla lily elongations. God made my soul into an ornamental thing. I search and can't find myself. I belong in chrysanthemum time, sharp in calla lily elongations. God made my soul into an ornamental thing.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: I will be what I want. But I will have to want what I'll be. Success is in having success, not conditions for success. I will be what I want. But I will have to want what I'll be. Success is in having success, not conditions for success.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Given that we cannot know all the elements in a problem, we never can solve it. Given that we cannot know all the elements in a problem, we never can solve it.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Pg.9 In my heart there's a peaceful anguish, and my calm is made of resignation. Pg.9 In my heart there's a peaceful anguish, and my calm is made of resignation.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: But do my words ring in anyone else's soul? Does anyone hear them besides me? But do my words ring in anyone else's soul? Does anyone hear them besides me?
Fernando Pessoa quotes: I realize that I was all error and deviation, that I never lived, that I existed only in so far as I filled time with consciousness and thought. I realize that I was all error and deviation, that I never lived, that I existed only in so far as I filled time with consciousness and thought.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Smell is a strange sight. It evokes sentimental landscapes through a sudden sketching of the subconscious. Smell is a strange sight. It evokes sentimental landscapes through a sudden sketching of the subconscious.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: In this calm and stupid life,I never know how I should act. In this calm and stupid life,
I never know how I should act.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: My dreams are a stupid refuge, like an umbrella against a thunderbolt. My dreams are a stupid refuge, like an umbrella against a thunderbolt.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: I sleep and unsleep. I sleep and unsleep.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: The painful intensity of my sensations, even when they're happy ones; the blissful intensity of my sensations, even when they're sad. The painful intensity of my sensations, even when they're happy ones; the blissful intensity of my sensations, even when they're sad.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: The letters from the ink in my pen are an absurd map of magic signs. The letters from the ink in my pen are an absurd map of magic signs.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: I enjoy wording. Words for me are tangible bodies, visible sirens, incarnate sensualities. I enjoy wording. Words for me are tangible bodies, visible sirens, incarnate sensualities.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Life is whatever we conceive it to be. Life is whatever we conceive it to be.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Yes, talking to people makes me sleepy. Yes, talking to people makes me sleepy.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: I take comfort in these reflections, since I can't take comfort in life. I take comfort in these reflections, since I can't take comfort in life.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Destiny gave me only two things: a few accounting books and the gift of dreaming. Destiny gave me only two things: a few accounting books and the gift of dreaming.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: I feel as if I'm always on the verge of waking up. I feel as if I'm always on the verge of waking up.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: I try to shed what I've learned, I try to forget the way I was taught to remember I try to shed what I've learned,
I try to forget the way I was taught to remember
Fernando Pessoa quotes: ... to know how to think with emotions and to feel with intellect ... ... to know how to think with emotions and to feel with intellect ...
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Ah, who will save me from existing? It's neither death nor life that I want. Ah, who will save me from existing? It's neither death nor life that I want.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: FIRST WATCHER Why do people die?SECOND WATCHER Perhaps because they don't dream enough ... FIRST WATCHER Why do people die?
SECOND WATCHER Perhaps because they don't dream enough ...
Fernando Pessoa quotes: If we knew the truth, we'd see it; all else is system and outskirts. If we knew the truth, we'd see it; all else is system and outskirts.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: I'd like to write the encomium of a new incoherence that could serve as the negative charter for the new anarchy of souls. I'd like to write the encomium of a new incoherence that could serve as the negative charter for the new anarchy of souls.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: And let our despite go to those who work and fight and our hate to those who hope and trust. And let our despite go to those who work and fight and our hate to those who hope and trust.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: To have opinions is to sell out to youself. To have no opinions is to exist. To have every opinion is to be a poet. To have opinions is to sell out to youself. To have no opinions is to exist. To have every opinion is to be a poet.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: I'm upset by the happiness of all these men who don't know they're unhappy. Because of that, though, I love them all. Dear vegetables! I'm upset by the happiness of all these men who don't know they're unhappy. Because of that, though, I love them all. Dear vegetables!
Fernando Pessoa quotes: All that I've lived I've forgotten, as if I'd vaguely heard it. All that I'll be reminds me of nothing, as if I'd lived and forgotten it. All that I've lived I've forgotten, as if I'd vaguely heard it. All that I'll be reminds me of nothing, as if I'd lived and forgotten it.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: To narrate is to create, whilst to live is merely to be lived. To narrate is to create, whilst to live is merely to be lived.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: - I have an anguished, painful need to speak with you. - I have an anguished, painful need to speak with you.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Children are particularly literary, for they say what they feel not what someone has taught them to feel. Children are particularly literary, for they say what they feel not what someone has taught them to feel.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: There's no sunset so lovely it couldn't be yet lovelier, no gentle breeze bringing us sleep that couldn't bring a yet sounder sleep. There's no sunset so lovely it couldn't be yet lovelier, no gentle breeze bringing us sleep that couldn't bring a yet sounder sleep.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: For I am the size of what I see / not my height's size. For I am the size of what I see / not my height's size.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: The inventor of the mirror poisoned the human heart. The inventor of the mirror poisoned the human heart.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Should you ask me if I'm happy, I'll answer that I'm not. Should you ask me if I'm happy, I'll answer that I'm not.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: The Gods sell when they give. Glory is paid for with disgrace. Poor are the happy, for they are Just what passes. The Gods sell when they give. Glory is paid for with disgrace. Poor are the happy, for they are Just what passes.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Sit under the sun abdicate and be your own king Sit under the sun abdicate and be your own king
Fernando Pessoa quotes: We never love anyone. What we love is the idea we have of someone. It's our own concept - our own selves - that we love. We never love anyone. What we love is the idea we have of someone. It's our own concept - our own selves - that we love.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Oh salty sea, how much of your salt Is tears from Portugal? Oh salty sea, how much of your salt Is tears from Portugal?
Fernando Pessoa quotes: But everything is absurd, and dreaming least of all. But everything is absurd, and dreaming least of all.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: I'm the empty stage where various actors act out various plays. I'm the empty stage where various actors act out various plays.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Great mysteries inhabit the threshold of my being. Great mysteries inhabit the threshold of my being.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: All pleasure is a vice, for seeking pleasure is what everybody does in life, and the only dark vice is doing what everybody does. All pleasure is a vice, for seeking pleasure is what everybody does in life, and the only dark vice is doing what everybody does.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: It's like being intoxicated with inertia, drunk but with no enjoyment in the drinking or in the drunkenness. It's like being intoxicated with inertia, drunk but with no enjoyment in the drinking or in the drunkenness.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Against destiny I fulfilled my duty. Uselessly? No, for I fulfilled it. Against destiny I fulfilled my duty. Uselessly? No, for I fulfilled it.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Myth is the nothing that is all. Myth is the nothing that is all.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Life is what we make of it. Travel is the traveler. What we see isn't what we see but what we are. Life is what we make of it. Travel is the traveler. What we see isn't what we see but what we are.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: These pages are not my confession; they're my definition. And I feel, as I begin to write it, that I can write it with some semblance of truth. These pages are not my confession; they're my definition. And I feel, as I begin to write it, that I can write it with some semblance of truth.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: It seemed to suggest various kinds: hardships, anxieties, and the suffering born of the indifference that comes from having already suffered a lot. It seemed to suggest various kinds: hardships, anxieties, and the suffering born of the indifference that comes from having already suffered a lot.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: I never go to where's a risk. I'm frightened of dangers down to boredom. I never go to where's a risk. I'm frightened of dangers down to boredom.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: The poet is a faker / Who's so good at his act / He even fakes the pain / Of pain he feels in fact. The poet is a faker / Who's so good at his act / He even fakes the pain / Of pain he feels in fact.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Money can't buy everything, but the personal magnetism that enables a man to make lots of money can, indeed, obtain most things. Money can't buy everything, but the personal magnetism that enables a man to make lots of money can, indeed, obtain most things.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: No, we don't feel anything. We consciously pass through the door we have to enter, and the fact we have to enter it is enough to put us to sleep. No, we don't feel anything. We consciously pass through the door we have to enter, and the fact we have to enter it is enough to put us to sleep.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: Wise is he who enjoys the show offered by the world. Wise is he who enjoys the show offered by the world.
Fernando Pessoa quotes: To give someone good advice is to show a complete lack of respect for that person's God given ability to make mistakes To give someone good advice is to show a complete lack of respect for that person's God given ability to make mistakes