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Of Anxiety and Conversations

Fernando Pessoa

When all by myself, I can think of all kinds of clever remarks, quick comebacks to what no one said, and flashes of witty sociability with nobody. But all of this vanishes when I face someone in the flesh: I lose my intelligence, I can no longer speak, and after half an hour I just feel tired. Talking to people makes me feel like sleeping. Only my ghostly and imaginary friends, only the conversations I have in my dreams, are genuinely real and substantial. – Fernando Pessoa


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9 thoughts on “Of Anxiety and Conversations

  1. I hate it when I think of my great comeback hours or days later. Usually it’s when someone has said something mean to me and I’m in shock that they would say what they said, And can’t think straight. So then I just stop seeing those people.

    1. That’s absolutely the best way to go about it. Someone was very rude and condescending to me today, and I thought, if this person can’t bother to be civil, then I can’t bother being upset over their lack of manners. There is no job or station in life that justifies hoity-toity behaviour. I personally would be mortified if I was rude to someone.

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