quote by 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

Most Powerful Disquiet quotations

Life is what we make of it. Travel is the traveler. What we see isn't what we see but what we are.

My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddlestrings and harps, drums and tamboura I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony.

We never love anyone. What we love is the idea we have of someone. It's our own concept—our own selves—that we love.

Everything interests me, but nothing holds me.

I am nothing. I'll never be anything. I couldn't want to be something. Apart from that, I have in me all the dreams in the world.

I bear the wounds of all the battles I avoided.

I’ve dreamed a lot. I’m tired now from dreaming but not tired of dreaming. No one tires of dreaming, because to dream is to forget, and forgetting does not weigh on us, it is a dreamless sleep throughout which we remain awake. In dreams I have achieved everything.

I wasn’t meant for reality, but life came and found me.

I've always rejected being understood.

To be understood is to prostitute oneself. I prefer to be taken seriously for what I'm not, remaining humanly unknown, with naturalness and all due respect

We worship perfection because we can't have it;

if we had it, we would reject it. Perfection is inhuman, because humanity is imperfect.

In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage- to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.

Being tired of all illusions and of everything about illusions – the loss of illusions, the uselessness of having them, the prefatigue of having to have them in order to lose them, the sadness of having had them, the intellectual shame of having had them knowing that they would have to end this way.

There are ships sailing to many ports, but not a single one goes where life is not painful.

Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.

Everything around me is evaporating. My whole life, my memories, my imagination and its contents, my personality - it's all evaporating. I continuously feel that I was someone else, that I felt something else, that I thought something else. What I'm attending here is a show with another set. And the show I'm attending is myself.

I'd woken up early, and I took a long time getting ready to exist.

We are two abysses - a well staring at the sky.

I feel as if I'm always on the verge of waking up.

I sometimes think that I enjoy suffering. But the truth is I would prefer something else.

Don't be disquieted in time of adversity. Be firm with dignity and self-reliant with vigor.

Humility does not disturb or disquiet or agitate, however great it may be;

it comes with peace, delight, and calm. . . . The pain of genuine humility doesn't agitate or afflict the soul; rather, this humility expands it and enables it to serve God more.

I don't know what I feel or what I want to feel. I don't know what to think or what I am.

If I write what I feel, it's to reduce the fever of feeling.

What I confess is unimportant, because everything is unimportant.

The film is ambiguous, an ambiguity that reflects on Japan today, and a world in which nothing is clear. Once I made the film [Takeshis'], I realized it was about this feeling of vague disquiet in Japan and in the rest of the world, a feeling that is gaining on us, getting less vague.

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.

To have opinions is to sell out to youself.

To have no opinions is to exist. To have every opinion is to be a poet.

There is already something like a Jewish monopoly in high finance.

.. here is the same element of Jewish monopoly in the silver trade, and in the control of various other metals, notably lead, nickel, quicksilver. What is most disquieting of all, this tendency to monopoly is spreading like a disease.

The inventor of the mirror poisoned the human heart.

The world is a mirror of infinite beauty, yet no man sees it.

It is a Temple of Majesty, yet no man regards it. It is a region of Light and Peace, did not men disquiet it. It is the Paradise of God.

I'm sick of everything, and of the everythingness of everything.

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.

...the painful intensity of my sensations, even when they're happy ones; the blissful intensity of my sensations, even when they're sad.

And, like the great damned souls, I shall always feel that thinking is worth more than living.

Humility, however deep it be, neither disquiets nor troubles nor disturbs the soul; it is accompanied by peace, joy and tranquillity.