I myself have never had convictions, I’ve always had impressions


Enthusiasm is a vulgarity.

To give expression to enthusiasm is, above all else, to violate the rights of our insincerity.

We never know when we’re sincere. Perhaps we never are. And even if we’re sincere about something today, tomorrow we may be sincere about its complete opposite.

I myself have never had convictions. I’ve always had impressions. I could never hate a land in which I’d seen a scandalous sunset.

We externalize impressions not so much because we have them but to convince ourselves that we do.


Fernando Pessoa
Bernardo Soares, ''The Book of Disquiet''
(Text 211)
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