Knowing how easily even the smallest things torture me, I deliberately avoid contact with them. A cloud passing in front of the sun is enough to make me suffer, how then should I not suffer in the darkness of the endlessly overcast sky of my own life?
My isolation is not a search for happiness, which I do not have the heart to win, nor for peace, which one finds only when it will never more be lost; what I seek is sleep, extinction, a small surrender.
To me the four walls of my miserable room are both prison cell and far horizon, both bed and coffin. My happiest hours are those in which I think nothing, want nothing, when I do not even dream, but lost myself in some spurious vegetable torpor, moss growing on the surface of life. Without a trace of bitterness I savour my absurd awareness of being nothing, a mere foretaste of death and extinction.
I never had anyone I could call 'Master.' No Christ died for me. No Buddha showed me the right path. In the depths of my dreams no Apollo or Athena appeared to enlighten my soul.
The Book of Disquiet (Serpent's Tail Classics)
by Fernando Pessoa
[This British edition and translation is far superior to the one from Penguin in the US.]