Quotes by Fernando Pessoa

"Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life."

"The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are."

"My past is everything I failed to be."

"No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in with it"

"My soul is impatient with itself, as with a bothersome child; its restlessness keeps growing and is forever the same. Everything interests me, but nothing holds me. I attend to everything, dreaming all the while. […]. I'm two, and both keep their distance — Siamese twins that aren't attached."


Books by Fernando Pessoa

  • A Letra Encarnada
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  • 2002 by Assírio & Alvim

    (first published March 16th 1850)

  • O Corvo
  • 108,752 ratings
  • (first published 1845)

  • O corvo
  • 108,752 ratings
  • February 8th 2019
Fernando Pessoa
  • Fernando Pessoa

  • Date of birth: June 13, 1888
  • Died: November 30, 1935
  • Born: in Lisbon, Portugal.

  • Description: Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa was a poet and writer.

    It is sometimes said that the four greatest Portuguese poets of modern times are Fernando Pessoa. The statement is possible since Pessoa, whose name means ‘person’ in Portuguese, had three alter egos who wrote in styles completely different from his own. In fact Pessoa wrote under dozens of names, but Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis and Álvaro de Campos were – their creator claimed – full-fledged individuals who wrote things that he himself would never or could never write. He dubbed them ‘heteronyms’ rather than pseudonyms, since they were not false names but “other names”, belonging to distinct literary personalities. Not only were their styles different; they thought differently, they had different religious and political views, different aesthetic sensibilities, different social temperaments. And each produced a large body of poetry. Álvaro de Campos and Ricardo Reis also signed dozens of pages of prose.The critic Harold Bloom referred to him in the book The Western Canon as the most representative poet of the twentieth century, along with Pablo Neruda.