Florbela Espanca

8 Dec 1894 // 8 Dec 1930

I'm not like most of the people: excited to madness at the beginning of the affections and then, after a month, completely uninterested by them. I'm the opposite: time passes and affection grows, only dying when the ingratitude and wickedness kills them.

Correspondence (1916)

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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."