The value of things is not the time they last, but the intensity with which they occur. That is why there are unforgettable moments and unique people!

Fernando Pessoa

Fernando Pessoa

Profession: Author
Nationality: Portuguese

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One who has never lived under constraints doesn't know what freedom is.

Free me from religion because it is gentle and from unbelief because it is strong.

The truth is that nothing changes anything and what we say or do only brushes the tops of the mountains in whose valleys all things sleep.

Should you ask me if I'm happy, I'll answer that I'm not.

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

It was in a certain sense home – the place, that is, where one doesn't feel.

My self-critical mind allows me to see only the defects and faults in my own work, and so I only have the courage to write snippets and snatches, brief notes on the theme of nonexistence, and yet even the little I write is imperfect.

We are two abysses - a well staring at the sky.

So great is my tedium, so overwhelming the horror of being alive, that I cannot imagine what could possibly serve as a palliative, an antidote, a balm, a source of oblivion.

Only the happy govern, because to be sad it is necessary to feel.

For me, possession is an absurd lake — very large, very dark and rather shallow. It only seems deep because it's full of filth and lies.

This world is for those who are born to conquer it, Not for those who dream that are able to conquer it, even if they're right.

Do not make the infantile mistake of asking the meaning of things and words. Nothing has any meaning.

By day I am nothing, by night I am I.