Fernando Pessoa Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old fernando pessoa quotes, fernando pessoa sayings, and fernando pessoa proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


We adore perfection because we can't have it; it would disgust us if we had it. Perfect is inhuman, because human is imperfect.     

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

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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.     

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The inventor of the mirror poisoned the human heart.     

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Our personality should be impenetrable even to ourselves.     

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But I am not perfect in my way of putting things Because I lack the divine simplicity Of being only what I appear to be.     

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

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Attention to detail and a perfectionist instinct, far from stimulating action, are character qualities that lead to renunciation. Better to dream than to be.      

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Direct experience is the evasion, or hiding place of those devoid of imagination.     

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Fraternity has subtleties.     

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Contradiction is the essence of the universe.     

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There are metaphors more real than the people who walk in the street.     

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We, all who live, have A life that is lived And another life that is thought, And the only life we have It's the one that is divided In right or wrong.     

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The beauty of a naked body is felt only by the dressed races.     

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There's a non-existent peace in the uncertain quietness.     

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

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The value of things is not the time they last, but the intensity with which they occur. That is why there are unforgettable moments and unique people!     

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Oh salty sea, how much of your salt Is tears from Portugal?     

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Smell is a strange sight. It evokes sentimental landscapes through a sudden sketching of the subconscious.     

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The value of things is not the time they last, but the intensity with which they occur. That is why there are unforgettable moments and unique people!      

Fernando Pessoa

We adore perfection because we can't have it; it would disgust us if we had it. Perfect is inhuman, because human is imperfect.     

Fernando Pessoa