Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
Eu sou vários. Há multidões em mim. Na mesa de minha alma sentam-se muitos, e eu sou todos eles. Há um velho, uma criança, um sábio, um tolo. Você nunca saberá com quem está sentado ou quanto tempo permanecerá com cada um de mim. Mas prometo que, se nos sentarmos à mesa, nesse ritual sagrado eu lhe entregarei ao menos um dos tantos que sou, e correrei os riscos de estarmos juntos no mesmo plano. Desde logo, evite ilusões: também tenho um lado mau, ruim, que tento manter preso e que quando se solta me envergonha. Não sou santo, nem exemplo, infelizmente. Entre tantos, um dia me descubro, um dia serei eu mesmo, definitivamente. Como já foi dito: ouse conquistar a ti mesmo.Nietzsche
The time has come, it’s the last farewell to this wonderful place that has been my home for an entire year. New Zealand is not just a beautiful country for its landscapes and astonishing nature, but also and most importantly for its people. Along my journey I’ve met so many good friends, walked so many ways, loved so many times. To behold such beauty was like daydreaming. While I drive and the lights of the road shines into my face, while I take the planes and the counting kilometres get closer and closer to my old place and far far away from the Green Country, everything passes through my mind - all the memories, all the paths we crossed together. The nostalgic beginning in Auckland; the stars, the fire, the fishing, the gardens in Bay of Islands; the cinema, the theatre, the art in Wellington; the parties and the ubiquitous mountains in Queenstown, the road trips from the north to the south, the hostels, comic con, the little rivers, the big skies, the snow and the blue sea, the skiing, camping, hiking and hitch-hiking. The Middle Earth that I always dreamed about. I’ve found love and true friendship in every place I’ve been and I’m so grateful for that. I’ve known the whole world in a tiny country, and it made me feel the truth that whatever I go, I shall find home and a welcome smile. Home, for now this word has many meanings for me - many places and faces.
Now you’re not just strangers that happened to cross my way. You’re my ‘mates’, my brothers and sisters and I say ‘Cheers!’ to all of you. When I think about the time we spent together, I carry a smile in my face, for every single one of you are recognized in my memories for those unique moments, and I know we will remember it forever, until the end of our days. We all have changed, we’re not the same as we were before, I believe we all have learned to grow with each other, to be part of each other. I am you and you are me. In these hard times where so many bad things are happening across the globe, it is not difficult to imagine a world in peace. I have seen it. I’ve realized that all people in Earth share the same bonds, the same strength that can keep us all united.
Now the time to say goodbye has arrived, and yes - it’s a strange thing to leave again and again, but it’s the thing that best completes you as a wanderer, as a discoverer in this strange planet. For leaving means that once ago you have arrived, that you made a difference, that you happened, and when the right time came, you’ve realized something else was waiting to be explored. And then you go, carrying with you all the ones who changed you into what you are now, and you do realize that there is no leaving, as there are no limits for discoveries.
Fair friends, see you soon.
Eu quero ser sempre aquilo com quem simpatizo,
Eu torno-me sempre, mais tarde ou mais cedo,
Aquilo com quem simpatizo, seja uma pedra ou uma ânsia,
Seja uma flor ou uma ideia abstrata,
Seja uma multidão ou um modo de compreender deus.
E eu simpatizo com tudo, vivo de tudo em tudo.
São-me simpáticos os homens superiores porque são superiores,
E são-me simpáticos os homens inferiores porque são superiores também,
Porque ser inferior é diferente de ser superior,
E por isso é uma superioridade a certos momentos de visão.
Simpatizo com alguns homens pelas suas qualidades de caráter,
E simpatizo com outros pela sua falta dessas qualidades,
E com outros ainda simpatizo por simpatizar com eles,
E há momentos absolutamente orgânicos em que esses são todos os homens.
Sim, como sou rei absoluto da minha simpatia,
Basta que ela exista para que tenha razão de ser.
Álvaro de Campos, “Passagem das horas”.
Finding truth is difficult and the road to it is rough.
As seekers after truth, you will be wise to withhold judgement and not simply put your trust in the writings of the ancients.
You must question and critically examine those writings from every side.
You must submit only to argument and experiment and not to the sayings of any person.
For every human being is vulnerable to all kinds of imperfection.
As seekers after truth, we must also suspect and question our own ideas as we perform our investigations, to avoid falling into prejudice or careless thinking.
Take this course, and truth will be revealed to you.أبو علي، الحسن بن الحسن بن الهيثم
On the day when it will be possible for woman to love not in her weakness but in her strength, not to escape herself but to find herself, not to abase herself but to assert herself—on that day love will become for her, as for man, a source of life and not of mortal danger.Simone de Beauvoir
I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself (…)
I am awfully greedy, I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish…
Simone de Beauvoir
To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer,to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.
We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. Are we lost on that? Perhaps, we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.Interstellar