Fernando Pessoa

13 Jun 1888 // 30 Nov 1935

Happy the Man who Can Think Deeply

I sit here, writing, at my table, my pens and my lead etc., and suddenly there comes upon me the mystery of the universe and I stop, I shudder, I fear, I wish on the moment to cease to feel, to hide myself, to dash my head against the wall.
Happy the man who can think deeply, but to feel thus deeply is a curse. How to describe it? Horror on horror, (...)

Fernando Pessoa, in 'Manuscript'


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."