„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.“

Fernando Pessoa photo
Fernando Pessoa287
Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publi… 1888 - 1935

Related quotes

John Flavel photo
Peter Handke photo
Paulo Coelho photo
William Ellery Channing photo

„No state of mind, not even positive suffering, is more painful than the want of interesting objects. The vacant soul preys on itself, and often rushes with impatience from the security which demands no effort, to the brink of peril.“

—  William Ellery Channing United States Unitarian clergyman 1780 - 1842

War (1816)
Context: One of the great springs of war may be found in a very strong and general propensity of human nature, in the love of excitement, of emotion, of strong interest; a propensity which gives a charm to those bold and hazardous enterprises which call forth all the energies of our nature. No state of mind, not even positive suffering, is more painful than the want of interesting objects. The vacant soul preys on itself, and often rushes with impatience from the security which demands no effort, to the brink of peril.

Paulo Coelho photo

„Everything is written in the Soul of the World, and there it will stay forever.“

—  Paulo Coelho, book The Alchemist

Source: The Alchemist (1988), p. 130.
Context: Don't think about what you've left behind, the alchemist said to the boy as they began to ride across the sands of the desert. "Everything is written in the Soul of the World, and there it will stay forever."

Jean Jacques Rousseau photo
Friedrich Nietzsche photo
John Dryden photo

„Content with poverty, my soul I arm;
And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.“

—  John Dryden English poet and playwright of the XVIIth century 1631 - 1700

On Fortune; Book III, Ode 29, lines 81–87.
Imitation of Horace (1685)
Context: I can enjoy her while she's kind;
But when she dances in the wind,
And shakes the wings and will not stay,
I puff the prostitute away:
The little or the much she gave is quietly resign'd:
Content with poverty, my soul I arm;
And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.

Paul Valéry photo

„My soul is nothing now but the dream dreamt by matter struggling with itself!“

—  Paul Valéry French poet, essayist, and philosopher 1871 - 1945

Eryximachus, p. 27
L'Âme et la danse (1921)

Michelle Branch photo
Joseph Conrad photo
Cassandra Clare photo
Van Morrison photo
Khalil Gibran photo
Johnny Cash photo
Paulo Coelho photo
Seneca the Younger photo
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley photo

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“