Fernando Pessoa

The Book of Disquiet, text 97
by Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935

The truly wise man is the one who can keep external events from changing him in any way.  To do this, he covers himself with an armour of realities closer to him than the world’s facts and through which the facts, modified accordingly, reach him.

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Text #97 appears in Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet
Translated from the Portuguese by Richard Zenith & published by
Penguin Classics
Original text (c) Assírio & Alvim and Fernando Pessoa’s heirs, 1998
Translation (c) Richard Zenith, 2001 – All rights reserved

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