Sunday, January 22, 2006

Fernando Pessoa, "The Book of Disquiet"

"I'm astounded whenever I finish something. Astounded and distressed. My perfectionist instinct should inhibit me from finishing; it should inhibit me from even beginning. But I get distracted and start doing something. What I achieve is not the product of an act of my will but of my will's surrender. I begin because I don't have the strength to think; I finish because I don't have the courage to quit. This book is my cowardice."

-Bernado Soares
assistant bookkeeper in the city of Lisbon

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