Pessoa is one of the most famous writers in Portugal! I found out about him from Eeeee Eee Eeee by Tao Lin a lot of years ago. This book was good, but it was too long and Pessoa's life was not that interesting besides that he had multiple personalities and stuff.
"I'm suffering from a headache and the universe."
"Given the dearth of people he can get along with, what can a man of sensibility do but invent his own friends, or at least his intellectual companions?"
"I've created in myself various personalities. I constantly create personalities. Each of my dreams, as soon as I start dreaming it, is immediately incarnated in another person, who is then the one dreaming it, and not I."
"He was incapable of being pragmatic, of taking practical steps to achieve realistic goals... "
"Dead we're born, dead we live, and already dead we enter death."
"What is life that we should care for it?
What is love that we should bear for it
Hope and despair and misery?
Nothing is worth anything.
Let us shut out hope,
And cross our arms and close our eyes
And let apathy be king"
"Agency of Indefinite Business Matters."
"Perhaps glory tastes like death and futility, and triumph tastes smells of rottenness."
"I am no longer me, I'm a fragment of myself conserved in an abandoned museum."
"the school was conceived as a form of international outreach, whereby Portuguese professors... would teach the rest of the world how to sublimely, aristocratically do nothing at all."
""Today I'm not me," Fernando would warn her, "I'm my friend Alvaro de Campos.""
"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."
"But at any rate it doesn't matter, because at any rate, nothing matters."