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  • #1
    Fernando Pessoa
    “Sit still with me in the shade of these green trees, which have no weightier thought than the withering of their leaves when autumn arrives, or the stretching of their many stiff fingers into the cold sky of the passing winter. Sit still with me and meditate on how useless effort is, how alien the will, and on how our very meditation is no more useful than effort, and no more our own than the will. Meditate too on how a life that wants nothing can have no weight in the flux of things, but a life the wants everything can likewise have no weight in the flux of things, since it cannot obtain everything, and to obtain less than everything is not worthy of souls that seek the truth.”
    Fernando Pessoa, The Education of the Stoic

  • #2
    Stephen Hawking
    “Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?”
    Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

  • #3
    Henry Miller
    “All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience.”
    Henry Miller

  • #4
    Fernando Pessoa
    “Let us sculpt in hopeless silence all our dreams of speaking.”
    Fernando Pessoa

  • #5
    Fernando Pessoa
    “The unnatural and the strange have a perfume of their own”
    Fernando Pessoa

  • #6
    William Shakespeare
    “Use every man according to his desert and who should 'scape whipping? Use them after your own honor and dignity, the less they deserve ... the more merit in your bounty.”
    William Shakespeare

  • #7
    Fernando Pessoa
    “I'm sick of everything, and of the everythingness of everything.”
    Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

  • #8
    Pablo Neruda
    “Sonnet XVII

    I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
    or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
    I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
    in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

    I love you as the plant that never blooms
    but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
    thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
    risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

    I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
    I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
    so I love you because I know no other way than this:

    where I does not exist, nor you,
    so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
    so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep. ”
    Pablo Neruda

  • #9
    Fernando Pessoa
    “THIRD WATCHER Let her speak. Don't interrupt. She knows words that mermaids taught her...I'm falling asleep in order to hear her...Go on, sister, go on...My heart aches because I wasn't you when you dreamed at the seashore...”
    Fernando Pessoa, The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa

  • #10
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “But I have been too deeply hurt, Sam. I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

  • #11
    Fernando Pessoa
    “I had the same sensation as when we watch someone sleep. When asleep we all become children again. Perhaps because in the state of slumber we can do no wrong and are unconscious of life, the greatest criminal and most self- absorbed egotist are holy, by a natural magic, as long as they're sleeping. For me there's no discernible difference between killing a child and killing a sleeping man.”
    Fernando Pessoa

  • #12
    Thomas Paine
    “Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”
    Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

  • #13
    Fernando Pessoa
    “In this metallic age of barbarians, only a relentless cultivation of our ability to dream, to analyse and to captivate can prevent our personality from degenerating into nothing or else into a personality like all the rest.”
    Fernando Pessoa

  • #14
    Tom Robbins
    “Who knows how to make love stay?

    1. Tell love you are going to Junior's Deli on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn to pick up a cheesecake, and if loves stays, it can have half. It will stay.

    2. Tell love you want a momento of it and obtain a lock of its hair. Burn the hair in a dime-store incense burner with yin/yang symbols on three sides. Face southwest. Talk fast over the burning hair in a convincingly exotic language. Remove the ashes of the burnt hair and use them to paint a moustache on your face. Find love. Tell it you are someone new. It will stay.

    3. Wake love up in the middle of the night. Tell it the world is on fire. Dash to the bedroom window and pee out of it. Casually return to bed and assure love that everything is going to be all right. Fall asleep. Love will be there in the morning.”
    Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

  • #15
    Fernando Pessoa
    “The inventor of the mirror poisoned the human heart.”
    Fernando Pessoa

  • #16
    William Shakespeare
    “No matter where; of comfort no man speak:
    Let's talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs;
    Make dust our paper and with rainy eyes
    Write sorrow on the bosom of the earth”
    William Shakespeare, Richard II

  • #16
    “Show me somebody who is always smiling, always cheerful, always optimistic, and I will show you somebody who hasn't the faintest idea what the heck is really going on.”
    Mike Royko

  • #16
    Fernando Pessoa
    “...the painful intensity of my sensations, even when they're happy ones; the blissful intensity of my sensations, even when they're sad.”
    Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

  • #17
    Fernando Pessoa
    “What Hells and Purgatories and Heavens I have inside of me! But who sees me do anything that disagrees with life--me, so calm and peaceful?”
    Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

  • #17
    Fernando Pessoa
    “To live is to be someone else. Feeling is impossible if we feel today as we felt yesterday: to feel today the same thing we felt yesterday is not to feel at all--it's merely to remember today what we felt yesterday, since today we are the living cadaver of yesterday's lost life.”
    Fernando Pessoa

  • #18
    Madeleine L'Engle
    “A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”
    Madeleine L'Engle

  • #18
    Stephen Chbosky
    “Sometimes, I look outside, and I think that a lot of other people have seen this snow before. Just like I think that a lot of other people have read those books before. And listened to those songs.
    I wonder how they feel tonight.”
    Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  • #18
    Fernando Pessoa
    “I Know, I Alone

    I know, I alone
    How much it hurts, this heart
    With no faith nor law
    Nor melody nor thought.

    Only I, only I
    And none of this can I say
    Because feeling is like the sky -
    Seen, nothing in it to see.”
    Fernando Pessoa

  • #19
    Fernando Pessoa
    “But my sadness is comforting
    Because it’s right and natural
    And because it’s what the soul should feel
    When it already thinks it exists
    And the hand pick flowers
    And the soul takes no notice.”
    Fernando Pessoa

  • #19
    William Shakespeare
    “People’s good deeds we write in water. The evil deeds are etched in brass.”
    William Shakespeare

  • #19
    Fernando Pessoa
    “I've always been an ironic dreamer, unfaithful to my inner promises.
    Like a complete outsider, a casual observer of whom I thought I was,
    I've always enjoyed watching my daydreams go down in defeat.
    I was never convinced of what I believed in.
    I filled my hands with sand, called it gold, and opened them up to let it slide through.
    Words were my only truth.
    When the right words were said, all was done; the rest was the sand that had always been.”
    Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

  • #20
    Fernando Pessoa
    “I feel as if I'm always on the verge of waking up.”
    Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

  • #20
    William Shakespeare
    “Doubt thou the stars are fire;
    Doubt that the sun doth move;
    Doubt truth to be a liar;
    But never doubt I love.”
    William Shakespeare, Hamlet

  • #20
    Carl Sandburg
    “Tell him solitude is creative if he is strong
    and the final decisions are made in silent rooms.
    Tell him to be different from other people
    if it comes natural and easy being different.
    Let him have lazy days seeking his deeper motives.
    Let him seek deep for where he is a born natural.
    Then he may understand Shakespeare
    and the Wright brothers, Pasteur, Pavlov,
    Michael Faraday and free imaginations
    Bringing changes into a world resenting change.
    He will be lonely enough
    to have time for the work
    he knows as his own.”
    Carl Sandburg, The People, Yes

  • #21
    Fernando Pessoa
    “There are metaphors more real than the people who walk in the street. There are images tucked away in books that live more vividly than many men and women. There are phrases from literary works that have a positively human personality. There are passages from my own writing that chill me with fright, so distinctly do I feel them as people, so sharply outlined do they appear against the walls of my room, at night, in shadows... I've written sentences whose sound, read out loud or silently (impossible to hide their sound), can only be of something that acquired absolute exteriority and a full-fledged soul.”
    Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet



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