Tuesday, June 14, 2011


"The value of things is not the time they last, but the intensity with which they occur. That's why there are unforgettable moments and unique people."

~ Fernando Pessoa, beloved Portuguese poet and translator, and one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century, (1888-1935) whose birthday was celebrated yesterday.

Follower Teresa from Lisbon, Portugal introduced his quote to me in her writings, I Got the Sun in the Morning . Thank you, Teresa.

There are moments that take our breath away. They do not have to last long to be enduring in memory -- a beautiful truth! Pay attention to the 'great moments' in this life and delight in them long after they are past.

Which reminds me of another great writer who lived at the same time -- this one from Mississippi:

"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."
William Faulkner, US novelist (1897-1962).

1 comment:

  1. And here it is, the promissed slice of Lisbon :).

    I think we don't give the due value to our poets - how inspiring they are, making time timeless with their always present thoughts, inspirations, and examples.

    This quote suits you, Marita, for all your sharings of unforgettable moments and unique people.

    And I couldn't agree more with Faulkner :).

    Blessings your way,