Literary Birthday – 13 June – Fernando Pessoa

Fernando Pessoa was born 13 June 1888, and died 30 November 1935.


  1. Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.
  2. No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in with it.
  3. 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.
  4. If I write what I feel, it’s to reduce the fever of feeling. What I confess is unimportant, because everything is unimportant.
  5. Art consists in making others feel what we feel.
  6. If after I die, people want to write my biography, there is nothing simpler. They only need two dates: the date of my birth and the date of my death. Between one and another, every day is mine.
  7. I’ve never done anything but dream. This, and this alone, has been the meaning of my life. My only real concern has been my inner life.
  8. Whether or not they exist, we’re slaves to the gods.
  9. Wise is he who enjoys the show offered by the world.
  10. To have opinions is to sell out to yourself. To have no opinions is to exist. To have every opinion is to be a poet.

Fernando Pessoa was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, and philosopher. He is considered a significant literary figure of the 20th century and one of the greatest Portuguese poets. He is the author of The Book of Disquiet.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 13th June 2014