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Fernando Pessoa (Writer)

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Contemporary portrait by Jo
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Introduction: "Message" ("Mensagem") is 's the best known book. It is a small book, with 44 poems describing the Portuguese coat of arms symbolically, and the only published (1934) in his life, excepting for two self-published books of poems in English under the youth pseudonym of Alexander Search. It glorifies the symbolic value of Discoverers, pities Portugal's sorry state and exhorts to a new, spiritual revolution, within the ideas ofand the . To the portuguese, the best known poem is Mar Portugu
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The Gods sell when they give. Glory is paid for with disgrace. Poor are the happy, for they are Just what passes.
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Myth is the nothing that is everything.
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All beginnings are involuntary.
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Against destiny I fulfilled my duty . Uselessly? No, for I fulfilled it.
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Clear in thinking, and clear in feeling, and clear in wanting
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Faithful to the word given and the idea had. All else is up to God!
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Without madness what is man more than the healthy beast, corpse adjourned that procreates?
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God wills, man dreams, the work is born.
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The sea is fulfilled, and the Empire fell apart. Lord, Portugal must yet fulfill itself!
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The sea with an end can be Greek or Roman: the endless sea is Portuguese.
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Here lies, in the small extreme beach, the Captain Of The End.
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Oh salty sea, how much of your salt is tears from Portugal
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Everything is worthwhile if the soul is not small.
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Who wants to go beyond theMust go beyond pain.
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God gave the sea the danger and the abyss, but it was in it that He mirrored the sky.
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These are Fortunate Islands, These are lands without a place
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Oh Portugal, today you are fog... The Hour has come!
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: Bernardo Soares, Auxiliary book-keeper in Lisbon and a perfectionist without a real life. He lived in a small apartment in the Rua dos Douradores, and all he had in life was "a few accounting books and the gift of dreaming". One afternoon he was allowed to leave the office earlier to run a personal errand right there in Lisbon; the errand being completed early, he found that given the different hours Lisbon was a strange town he was unfamiliar with, and went back to the office, to the surprise of his colleagues. (Where a portuguese original quote exists, the translation into english was informal.)
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Whether or not they exist, we're slaves to the gods.
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... And I, who timidly hate life, fear death with fascination. I fear this nothingness that could be something else, and I fear it as nothing and as something else simultaneously, as if gross horror and non-existence could coincide there, as if my coffin could entrap the eternal breathing of a bodily soul, as if immortality could be tormented by confinement. The idea of hell, which only a satanic soul could have invented seems to me to have derived from this sort of confusion - a mixture of two different fears that contradict and contaminate each other.
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I think of life as an inn where I have to stay until the abyss coach arrives. I don't know where it will take me, for I know nothing.
Fernando Pessoa life
Every day things happen in the world that cannot be explained by any law of things we know. Every day they're mentioned and forgotten, and the same mystery that brought them takes them away, transforming their secret into oblivion. Such is the law by which things that can't be explained must be forgotten. The visible world goes on as usual in the broad daylight. Otherness watches us from the shadows.
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Having touched Christ's feet is not an excuse for punctuation mistakes.
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Strength without agility is a mere mass.
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There are those that even God exploits, and they are prophets and saints in the vacuousness of the world.
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I come closer to my desk as to a bulwark against life.
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We are two abysses -- a well staring at the sky.
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A tedium that includes only the anticipation of more tedium; the regret, now, of tomorrow regretting having regretted today.
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The train slows down, it's the Cais do Sodr
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We become sphynxes, though fake, up to the point we no longer know who we are.
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Fraternity has subtleties.
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I believe that saying a thing is to keep its virtues and take away its terror.
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I have now so many fundamental thoughts, so many really metaphysical things to say, that I suddenly get tired and decide not to write more, not to think more, but allow the fever of saying to make me sleepy, and fondle, with closed eyes, as if to a cat, all that I could have said.
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I'm all those things, even though I don't want to, in the confuse depth of my fatal sensibility.
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I sleep and I unsleep. On the other side of me, beyond where I lie down, the silence of the house touches infinity. I hear time falling, drop by drop, and no falling drop is heard falling.
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The house clock, place certain there at the bottom of things, strikes the half hour dry and null. All is so much, all is so deep, all is so dark and cold!
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I pass times, I pass silences, formless worlds pass me by.
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Everything was asleep as if the universe was a mistake.
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Not pleasure, not glory, not power: freedom, only freedom.
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Changing from the ghosts of faith to the spectres of reason is just changing cells.
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Thing thrown to a corner, rag fallen on the road, my ignoble being feigns itself in front of life.
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It was just a moment, and I saw myself. Then I no longer could say what I was.
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As we wash our body so we should wash destiny, change life as we change clothes.
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There's a tiredness of abstract inteligence, and it's the most horrible of tirednesses. It doesn't weight on you like the tiredness of the body, nor does it worry you like the tiredness of knowledge and emotion. It's a weightiness of the conscience of the world, an inability of the soul to breathe.
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Then a overflowing desire comes to me, absurd, of a sort of satanism before Satan, in that one day [...] an escape out of God can be found and the deepest of us stops, I don't know how, to be a part of being or not being.
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To stagnate in the sun, goldenly, like an obscure lake surrounded by flowers.
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For I am the size of what I see not my height's size.
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In order to understand, I destroyed myself.
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Solitude desolates me; company oppresses me.
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Yes, talking to people makes me sleepy.
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The idea of any social obligation [...] just the idea of it embarasses my thoughts for a day, and sometimes it's since the day before that I worry, and don't sleep well, and the real affair, when it happens, is absolutely insignificant and justifies nothing; and the case repeats itself and I never learn to learn.
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The beauty of a naked body is felt only by the dressed races.
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What is a disease is wishing with an equal intensity what is needed and what is desirable, and suffer for not being perfect as you would suffer for not having bread. The romantic error is this wanting the moon as if there was a way to get it.
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I take with me the conscience of defeat as a victory banner.
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It is noble to be shy, illustrious not to know how to act, great not to have a gift for living.
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Blessed are those who never entrust their life to no one.
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Everyone has his vanity, and each one's vanity is his forgetting that there are others with an equal soul.
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I reread? I lied! I don't dare to reread. I cannot reread. What's the point, for me, in rereading?
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Civilization consists in giving something an unfitting name, then dream about the result. And indeed the false name and the real dream create a new reality. The object really becomes another, because we turned it into another one. We manufacture realities.
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The consciousness of life's unconsciousness is intelligence's oldest tax.
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A sort of anteneurosis of what I will be when I will not longer be freezes my body and soul. A kind of remembrance of my future death makes me shudder from the inside.
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What, I believe, produces in me the deep feeling, in which I live, of incongruity with others, is that most think with sensitivity, while I feel with thought.
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You breathe better when you're rich.
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I never go to where's a risk. I'm frightened of dangers down to boredom.
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Some sensations are sleeps that take up all the extent of the mind like a fog, don't let us think, don't let us act, don't let us be clearly.
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My joy is as painful as my pain.
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Between me and life is a faint glass. No matter how sharply I see and understand life, I cannot touch it.
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My dreams are a stupid refuge, like an umbrella against a thunderbolt.
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My life is as if you've hit me with it.
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If we knew the truth, we'd see it; all else is system and outskirts.
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They bring me faith like a closed package in someone else's plate. They want me to accept it so that I don't open it.
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The superiority of the dreamer is that dreaming is much more practical than living, and that the dreamer extracts from life a much vaster and varied pleasure than the action man. In better and more direct words, the dreamer is the real action man.
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I never meant to be but a dreamer.
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There's no regret more painful than the regret of things that never were.
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I always live in the present. The future I can't know. The past I no longer have.
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The supreme empire is that of the Emperor who renounces all normal life, that of other men, and in who the care of supremacy doesn't weigh like a load of jewels.
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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.
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To act is to rest.
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All problems are unsolvable. The essence of the existence of a problem is that there is no solution. Looking for a fact means there is no fact. To think is not to know how to be.
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His livid face is a bewildered false green. I notice it, between the chest's hard air, with the fraternity of knowing I will also be so.
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We never love someone. We just love the idea we have of someone. It's a concept of ours - summing up, ourselves - that we love.
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To write is to forget. Literature is the pleasantest way of ignoring life.
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Being pleased with what they give you is proper of slaves. Asking for more is proper of children. Conquering more is proper of fools.
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To be understood is to prostitute yourself.
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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.
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'Any road', said Carlyle, 'even this road to Entepfuhl, will take you to the end of the world'. But the Entepfuhl road, if taken in its entirety, and to the end, goes back to Entepfuhl; so Entepfuhl, where we already were, is that very end of the world we were seeking.
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It's been a long time since I've been me.
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Inside the henhouse from where he will be taken to be killed, the cock sings hymns to liberty because he was given two perches.
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What's most worthless about dreams is that everybody has them.
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The end is low, like all quantitative ends, personal or not, and it can be attained and verified.
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The perfect man of pagans was the perfection of the man there is; the perfect man of christians, the perfection of the man there isn't; the buddhists' perfect man, the perfection of not existing a man.
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Nature is the difference between the soul and God.
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There is no safe standard to tell man from animals.
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Irony is the first hint that consciousness became conscious.
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