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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: "My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddlestrings and harps, drums and tamboura I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony."

My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddlestrings and harps, drums and tamboura I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony.




Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "The slope takes you to the windmill, but effort takes you nowhere."

The slope takes you to the windmill, but effort takes you nowhere.



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: "There are no norms. All people are exceptions to a rule that doesn’t exist."

There are no norms. All people are exceptions to a rule that doesn’t exist.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "Everything interests me, but nothing holds me."

Everything interests me, but nothing holds me.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "I am nothing. I'll never be anything. I couldn't want to be something. Apart from that, I have in me all the dreams in the world."

I am nothing. I'll never be anything. I couldn't want to be something. Apart from that, I have in me all the dreams in the world.




Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "It's been a long time since I've been me."

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



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "I bear the wounds of all the battles I avoided."

I bear the wounds of all the battles I avoided.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "I wasn’t meant for reality, but life came and found me."

I wasn’t meant for reality, but life came and found me.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "I always live in the present. I don’t know the future and no longer have the past. The former oppresses me as the possibility of everything, the latter as the reality of nothing."

I always live in the present. I don’t know the future and no longer have the past. The former oppresses me as the possibility of everything, the latter as the reality of nothing.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "Everything is worthwhile if the soul is not small."

Everything is worthwhile if the soul is not small.




Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "I've always rejected being understood. To be understood is to prostitute oneself. I prefer to be taken seriously for what I'm not, remaining humanly unknown, with naturalness and all due respect"

I've always rejected being understood. To be understood is to prostitute oneself. I prefer to be taken seriously for what I'm not, remaining humanly unknown, with naturalness and all due respect



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "We worship perfection because we can't have it; if we had it, we would reject it. Perfection is inhuman, because humanity is imperfect."

We worship perfection because we can't have it; if we had it, we would reject it. Perfection is inhuman, because humanity is imperfect.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "There are ships sailing to many ports, but not a single one goes where life is not painful."

There are ships sailing to many ports, but not a single one goes where life is not painful.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life."

Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "To be great, be whole; Exclude nothing. Be whole in everything."

To be great, be whole; Exclude nothing. Be whole in everything.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "I always live in the present. The future I can't know. The past I no longer have."

I always live in the present. The future I can't know. The past I no longer have.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "I look for myself but find no one. I belong to the chrysanthemum hour of bright flowers placed in tall vases. I should make an ornament of my soul."

I look for myself but find no one. I belong to the chrysanthemum hour of bright flowers placed in tall vases. I should make an ornament of my soul.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "I'd woken up early, and I took a long time getting ready to exist."

I'd woken up early, and I took a long time getting ready to exist.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "Stones in the road? I save every single one, and one day I'll build a castle."

Stones in the road? I save every single one, and one day I'll build a castle.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "If you cannot live alone, you were born a slave."

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



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "Sometimes, when I wake up at night, I feel invisible hands weaving my destiny."

Sometimes, when I wake up at night, I feel invisible hands weaving my destiny.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "Life is full of paradoxes, as roses are of thorns."

Life is full of paradoxes, as roses are of thorns.



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

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



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: "In order to understand, I destroyed myself."

In order to understand, I destroyed myself.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "I sometimes think that I enjoy suffering. But the truth is I would prefer something else."

I sometimes think that I enjoy suffering. But the truth is I would prefer something else.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "Strength without agility is a mere mass."

Strength without agility is a mere mass.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "As we wash our body so we should wash destiny, change life as we change clothes."

As we wash our body so we should wash destiny, change life as we change clothes.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "To love is to tire of being alone; it is therefore a cowardice, a betrayal of ourselves. (It is exceedingly important that we not love.)"

To love is to tire of being alone; it is therefore a cowardice, a betrayal of ourselves. (It is exceedingly important that we not love.)



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "La literatura es la manera más agradable de ignorar la vida."

La literatura es la manera más agradable de ignorar la vida.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "I seek and don’t find myself. I belong to chrysanthemum hours, neatly lined up in flowerpots."

I seek and don’t find myself. I belong to chrysanthemum hours, neatly lined up in flowerpots.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "My past is everything I failed to be."

My past is everything I failed to be.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "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."

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.



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 feel today what one felt yesterday isn't to feel - it's to remember today what was felt yesterday, to be today's living corpse of what yesterday was lived and lost."

To feel today what one felt yesterday isn't to feel - it's to remember today what was felt yesterday, to be today's living corpse of what yesterday was lived and lost.



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: "No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in with it."

No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in with it.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "To kill our dream life would be to kill ourselves, to mutilate our soul. Dreaming is the one thing we have that's really ours, invulnerably and inalterably ours."

To kill our dream life would be to kill ourselves, to mutilate our soul. Dreaming is the one thing we have that's really ours, invulnerably and inalterably ours.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "For who expects nothing, all that comes is grateful"

For who expects nothing, all that comes is grateful



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "If I write what I feel, it's to reduce the fever of feeling. What I confess is unimportant, because everything is unimportant."

If I write what I feel, it's to reduce the fever of feeling. What I confess is unimportant, because everything is unimportant.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "I don't know what I feel or what I want to feel. I don't know what to think or what I am."

I don't know what I feel or what I want to feel. I don't know what to think or what I am.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "At first I felt dizzy - not with the kind of dizziness that makes the body reel but the kind that's like a dead emptiness in the brain, an instinctive awareness of the void."

At first I felt dizzy - not with the kind of dizziness that makes the body reel but the kind that's like a dead emptiness in the brain, an instinctive awareness of the void.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "Decadence is the total loss of unconsciousness, which is the very basis of life. Could it think, the heart would stop beating."

Decadence is the total loss of unconsciousness, which is the very basis of life. Could it think, the heart would stop beating.



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "Look, there's no metaphysics on earth but chocolates."

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



Fernando Pessoa Quotes: "Without madness what is man But a wholesome beast, Postponed corpse that begets?"

Without madness what is man But a wholesome beast, Postponed corpse that begets?