peopled awe

January 14, 2008

It’s a rule in life that we could, and should, learn from everyone. There solemn and serious things we can learn from quacks and crooks, there are philosophies taught us by fools, there are lessons and faithfulness and justice brought to us by chance and by those we chance to meet. Everything is in everything.

In certain particular lucid moments of contemplation like those of early afternoon when I observantly wander through the streets, each person brings me a novelty, each building teaches me something new, each placard has a message for me.

My silent stroll is a continual conversation, and all of us – men, buildings, stones, placards and sky — are a huge friendly crowd, offering each other the words in the great procession of Destiny.

-Fernando Pessoa: The Book of Disquiet, #357

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