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Fernando Pessoa
By Anonym 14 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

It's been a long time since I've been me.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

I’m riding a tram and, as is my habit, slowly absorbing every detail of the people around me. By ‘detail’ I mean things, voices, words. In the dress of the girl directly in front of me, for example, I see the material it’s made of, the work involved in making it – since it’s a dress and not just material – and I see in the delicate embroidery around the neck the silk thread with which it was embroidered and all the work that went into that. And immediately, as if in a primer on political economy, I see before me the factories and all the different jobs: the factory where the material was made; the factory that made the darker coloured thread that ornaments with curlicues the neck of the dress’ and I see the different workshops in the factories, the machines, the workmen, the seamstresses. My eyes’ inward gaze even penetrates into the offices, where I see the managers trying to keep calm and the figures set out in the account books, but that’s not all: beyond that I see into the domestic lives of all those who spend their working hours in these factories and offices...A whole world unfolds before my eyes all because the regularly irregular dark green edging to a pale green dress worn by the girl in front of me of whom I see only her brown neck. ‘A whole way of life lies before me. I sense the loves, the secrets, the souls of all those who worked just so that this woman in front of me on the tram should wear around her mortal neck the sinuous banality of a thread of dark green silk on a background of light green cloth. I grow dizzy. The seats on the tram, of fine, strong cane, carry me to distant regions, divide into industries, workmen, houses, lives, realities, everything. I leave the tram exhausted, like a sleepwalker, having lived a whole life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

I sometimes think, with a sad delight, that if one day, in a future I no longer belong to, these sentences, that I write, last with praise, I will at last have the people who understand me, those mine, the true family to be born in and be loved... I will only be understood in effigy, when affection no longer repays the dead the unaffection that was, when living.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

After the rains departed the skies and settled on earth - clear skies; moist brilliant earth - greater clarity returned to life alone with the blue above and made the world below rejoice with the freshness of the recent rain. It left heaven in our souls and a freshness in our hearts.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

In this world we're all travelers on the same ship that has set sail from one unknown port en route to another equally foreign to us; we should treat each other therefore with the friendliness due to fellow travelers.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

If this be to have sense, if to be awake Be but to see this bright, great sleep of things, For the rarer potion mine own dreams I'll take And for truth commune with imaginings

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Isn't joyful or painful this pain in which I rejoice

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

What has happened to us has happened to everyone or only to us; if to everyone, then it's no novelty, and if only to us, then it won't be understood.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Everything that happens where we live happens in us. Everything that ceases in what we see ceases in us. Everything that has been, if we saw it when it was, was taken from us when it went away.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Being a retired major looks like an ideal thing to me. What a pity you couldn't eternally have been just a retired major.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Who am I to myself? Just a feeling of mine.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

I might have flaws, live anxiously and sometimes be irritated but, I do not forget that my life if the World’s biggest company, and I can avoid it to bankrupt. To be happy is to recognize that it is worth living, besides all challenges, incomprehension’s or crisis. To be happy is not to let ourselves beat by the problems, becoming an author of our own history. To be happy is to cross deserts outrageously, but to still be able to find your own oasis in the deepest of your soul. It is thanking God each morning for the miracle of life. To be happy is not to be afraid of your own feelings. To be happy is to speak about your personality. To be happy is to have the guts to hear a “NO”. Is to have the security hearing a critique, even that it is unfair. And if I have rocks on my way, I shall keep them all. Someday, I will build up my own castle…

By Anonym 17 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Não sou nada. Nunca serei nada. Não posso querer ser nada. À parte isso, tenho em mim todos os sonhos do mundo.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

There are metaphors more real than the people who walk in the street.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Tal vez se descubra que aquello que llamamos Dios, y que de forma tan patente está en otro plano diferente al de la lógica y la realidad espacial y temporal, es una forma de nuestra existencia, una sensación de nosotros mismos en otra dimensión del ser.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Look, there's no metaphysics on earth but chocolates.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Peguei no meu coração E pu-lo na minha mão. Olhei-o como quem olha Grãos se areia ou uma folha. Olhei-o pávido e absorto Como quem sabe estar morto. Como a alma só comovida Do sonho e pouco da vida.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

I had come from wondrous lands, from landscapes more enchanting than life, but only to myself did I ever mention these lands, and I said nothing about the landscapes which I saw in dreams. My feet stepped like theirs over the floorboards and the flagstones, but my heart was far away, even if it beat close by, false master of an estranged and exiled body.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

What Hells and Purgatories and Heavens I have inside of me! But who sees me do anything that disagrees with life--me, so calm and peaceful?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

I bear the wounds of all the battles I avoided.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Pasmo sempre quando acabo qualquer coisa. Pasmo e desolo-me. O meu instinto de perfeição deveria inibir-me de acabar; deveria inibir-me até de dar começo. Mas distraio-me e faço. O que consigo é um produto, em mim, não de uma aplicação de vontade, mas de uma cedência dela. Começo porque não tenho força para pensar; acabo porque não tenho alma para suspender. Este livro é a minha cobardia.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

A boat would seem to be an object whose one purpose is to travel, but its real purpose is not to travel but to reach harbour. We found ourselves on the high seas, with no idea of which port we should be aiming for.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Anyone who wants to be understood will never know the delight of being understood, because this happens only to the complex and misunderstood;simple souls, the ones whom other people can understand, never feel a desire to be understood.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

I Know, I Alone I know, I alone How much it hurts, this heart With no faith nor law Nor melody nor thought. Only I, only I And none of this can I say Because feeling is like the sky - Seen, nothing in it to see.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Writing is like paying myself a formal visit.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Have you ever considered, beloved other, how invisible we are to each other? We look at each other without seeing. We listen to each other and hear only a voice inside out self. The words of others are mistakes of our hearing, shipwrecks of our understanding. How confidently we believe OUR meanings of other people's words.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

I carry my awareness of defeat like a banner of victory.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

I don't complain about the horror of life; I complain about the horror of my life. The only fact I worry about is that I exist and suffer and can't even dream of being removed from my feeling of suffering.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

I never was but an isolated bon vivant, which is absurd; or a mystic bon vivant, which is an impossible thing.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

If the heart could think it would stop beating.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Life is a thread that someone entangled.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Given that we cannot know all the elements in a problem, we never can solve it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

But do we really live? To live without knowing what life is - is that living?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

If life has given us no more than a prison cell, let's at least decorate it as best we can-with the shadows of our dreams, their colourful patterns engraving our oblivion on the static surface of the walls.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

It's in an inland sea that the river of my life ended.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

We live by action—by acting on desire. Those of us who don't know how to want—whether geniuses or beggars—are related by impotence.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

The rustic, the reader of novels, the pure ascetic: these three are truly happy men

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

My soul's the present shadow of a presence gone.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

I'm going to end a life that I thought could contain every kind of greatness but that in fact consisted only of my incapacity to really want to be great. Whenever I arrived at a certainty, I remembered that those with the greatest certainties are lunatics.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

My curiosity sister of larks.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

The end of lower art is to please, the end of average art is to raise the top, the end of superior art is to free.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Dios me creó para que yo lo imitara de noche. Él es el Sol, yo soy la Luna. Mi luz flota sobre todo lo que es fútil o ha terminado, fuego fatuo, márgenes de río, pantanos y sombras.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Toda a vida é guerra, e a batalha é, pois, a síntese da vida.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

I never go to where's a risk. I'm frightened of dangers down to boredom.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

Let us sculpt in hopeless silence all our dreams of speaking.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

I can breathe easier now that the appointments are behind me. I missed them all, through deliberate negligence, Having waited for the urge to go, which I knew wouldn’t come. I’m free, and against organized, clothed society. I’m naked and plunge into the water of my imagination.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

I’m beginning to know myself. I don’t exist. I’m the space between what I’d like to be and what others made of me. Just let me be at ease and all by myself in my room.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

I've reached the point where tedium is a person, the incarnate fiction of my own company.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

The poet is a faker / Who's so good at his act / He even fakes the pain / Of pain he feels in fact.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Fernando Pessoa

If you cannot live alone, you were born a slave.