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. Fernando Pessoa
Look, there's no metaphysics on earth like chocolates. Fernando Pessoa
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. Fernando Pessoa
The inventor of the mirror poisoned the human heart. Fernando Pessoa
Our personality should be impenetrable even to ourselves. Fernando Pessoa
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. Fernando Pessoa
Look, there's no metaphysics on earth like chocolates. Fernando Pessoa
Attention to detail and a perfectionist instinct, far from stimulating action, are character qualities that lead to renunciation. Better to dream than to be. Fernando Pessoa
Direct experience is the evasion, or hiding place of those devoid of imagination. Fernando Pessoa
Fraternity has subtleties. Fernando Pessoa
Contradiction is the essence of the universe. Fernando Pessoa
There are metaphors more real than the people who walk in the street. Fernando Pessoa
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. Fernando Pessoa
The beauty of a naked body is felt only by the dressed races. Fernando Pessoa
There's a non-existent peace in the uncertain quietness. Fernando Pessoa
As we wash our body so we should wash destiny, change life as we change clothes. Fernando Pessoa
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
Oh salty sea, how much of your salt Is tears from Portugal? Fernando Pessoa
Smell is a strange sight. It evokes sentimental landscapes through a sudden sketching of the subconscious. Fernando Pessoa
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
The slope takes you to the windmill, but effort takes you nowhere. Fernando Pessoa
No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in with it. Fernando Pessoa
Life is good, but wine is better. Fernando Pessoa