Level 8 - The Outskirts of Infinity

"Em sonhos consegui tudo… Quantos Césares fui!… E os gloriosos, que mesquinhos! César, salvo da morte pela generosidade de um pirata, manda crucificar esse pirata logo que, procurando-o bem, o consegue prender… Fui verdadeiramente imperial enquanto sonhei… Os meus exércitos foram derrotados, mas a derrota foi fofa, e ninguém morreu. Não perdi bandeiras… Quantos Césares fui, aqui mesmo, na Rua dos Douradores. E os Césares que fui vivem ainda na minha imaginação; mas os Césares que foram estão mortos, e a Rua dos Douradores, isto é, a Realidade, não os pode conhecer."

There's nothing I haven't achieved in my dreams… How many Caesars I have been!… And how low-down the real-life ones were! The real Caesar was saved from death by the generosity of a pirate, yet he repaid that pirate by having him hunted down and crucified… I was truly imperial as Caesar in my dreams… My armies might have been defeated, but their defeat wasn't real, and nobody died. No standard-bearers of mine ever fell… How many Caesars I have been, right here in my street, Rua dos Douradores. And the Caesars I have been live on in my imagination; whereas the real Caesars are dead, and Rua dos Douradores, that is, the only Reality of any relevance to me, will never know them (my translation)

Fernando Pessoa-Bernardo Soares "O Livro do Desassossego" (The Book of Disquiet/Unrest)


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