Fernando Pessoa

Portugal
13 Jun 1888 // 30 Nov 1935
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We are all children of Christ, through his grandson Rousseau. This is on our mother's side, also, on our father's date back to some clear pagan god from whom our near ancestors degenerated. The mother in us is more than the father. As in a house governed by women, we are outgoverned well.

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