Fernando Pessoa

Fernando Pessoa

Fernando Pessoa on dreams

‘I love my dreams’, I said, a winter morn,
To the practical man, and he, in scorn
Replied: ‘I am no slave of the Ideal,
But, as all men of sense, I love the Real.’
Poor fool, mistaking all that is and seems!
I love the real when I love my dreams.
Fernando Pessoa, in “Epigram,” c. 1909. Available in A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems, (New York: Penguin Books, 2006), p. 407.