Fernando Pessoa

Portugal
13 Jun 1888 // 30 Nov 1935
Poet

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Time and space cannot by themselves make individuality. Being is needed. A dead man occupies Time and Space, but has no individuality, no Being.

Philosophical Texts
And I have the others in me. Even when I知 far away from them, I am forced to live with them. Even when I知 all alone, crowds surround me. I have no place to flee to, unless I were to flee from myself.

The Book of Disquiet
I don't mourn the loss of my childhood; I mourn because everything, including (my) childhood, is lost.

The Book of Disquiet
Blessed are those who entrust their lives to no one.

The Book of Disquiet
And, like the great damned souls, I shall always feel that thinking is worth more than living.

The Book of Disquiet
Whether there be gods or not, we are their servants.
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The Book of Disquiet
Be what I think? But I think of being so many things!

The Book of Disquiet
But do we really live? To live without knowing what life is - is that living?

The Book of Disquiet
Life is what we make of it. Travel is the traveler. What we see isn't what we see but what we are.

The Book of Disquiet
Ah, it's my longing for whom I might have been that distracts and torments me!

The Book of Disquiet
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