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Fernando Pessoa

“I fashion thoughts from my memory of how she is when she talks to me,
And in each thought she’s a variation on her likeness.
To love is to think.
And from thinking of her so much, I almost forget to feel.
I don’t really know what I want, even from her, and she’s all I think of.
My distraction is as large as life.

— Fernando Pessoa, from “The Shepherd in Love,” A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics, 2006)

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