Death is Life's triumph!

Fernando Pessoa

Fernando Pessoa

Profession: Author
Nationality: Portuguese


Death is Life's triumph! Fernando Pessoa

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It's the fact that in all this — sky, earth, world — there is never anything but myself!

I have at this moment so many fundamental thoughts, so many truly metaphysical things to say, that I suddenly get tired and decide not to write any more, not to think any more, but to allow the fever of speaking to make me sleepy, and with my eyes closed, like a cat, I play with everything I could have said.

We almost always live outside ourselves, and life itself is a continual dispersion. But it's towards ourselves that we tend, as towards a centre around which, like planets, we trace absurd and distant ellipses.

Every man who deserves to be famous knows it is not worth the trouble.

I never tried to be anything other than a dreamer. I never paid any attention to people who told me to go out and live. I belonged always to whatever was far from me and to whatever I could never be. Anything that was not mine, however base, always seemed to be full of poetry. The only thing I ever loved was pure nothingness.

All ideals and all ambitions are a hysteria of prattling women posing as men.

I came here for no reason, as with everything in life.

Blessed are those who entrust their lives to no one.

Children are particularly literary, for they say what they feel not what someone has taught them to feel.

I had great ambitions and extravagant dreams, but so did the errand boy and the seamstress, for everyone has dreams; the only difference is whether or not we have the strength to fulfil them or a destiny that will fulfil them through us.

I feel nostalgia for the possibility of one day feeling nostalgia, regardless of how absurd that nostalgia may seem.

I enjoy using words. Or rather: I enjoy making words work.

Since I cannot live without affection, why was that affection taken from me?

I created myself, echo and abyss, by thinking. I multiplied myself by going deeply into myself...