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"There are several kinds of states: socialist states, corporative states, and the state we're in"

Há diversas modalidades de Estado: os estados socialistas, os estados corporativos e o estado a que isto chegou!
Salgueiro Maia to his troops on the evening of 24 to 25 April 1974

"There are lots of hats, you idiot!"

Chapéus há muitos, seu palerma!
Vasco Santana in A Canção de Lisboa

"Rather Queen for a day than duchess for a lifetime'"

Antes rainha um dia que duquesa toda a vida!
Luísa de Gusmão, queen-consort of John IV

"Oh salted sea, how much of your salt are Portuguese tears?"

Ó mar salgado quanto do teu sal são lágrimas de Portugal

Fernando Pessoa, poet


"Dantas might know grammar, might know syntax, might know medicine, might know how to cook suppers for cardinals, he might know everything except to write which is the only thing he does"

O Dantas saberá gramática, saberá sintaxe, saberá medicina, saberá fazer ceias pra cardeais, saberá tudo menos escrever que é a única coisa que ele faz!

Almada Negreiros, writer and painter


"Times change, wills change"

Mudam-se os tempos, mudam-se as vontades

Luís Vaz de Camões, national poet


"It's roses, my lord"

são rosas, senhor, são rosas!

Elizabeth of Aragon, Queen of Portugal, to King Denis of Portugal when he was about to discover she was feeding the poor with the palace's food


"I will resign to prevent the country from falling into a political swamp." António Guterres, former Prime Minister


"Help! They are killing the Master!"

Matam o Mestre! Matam o Mestre nos paços da Rainha! Acudi ao Mestre que o matam!”

Álvaro Pais, conspirator during the 1383-1385 crisis, before the Grand Master of the Order of Aviz (future John I of Portugal) killed the Count of Andeiro


"God wants, the Man thinks, the Work is born."

Deus quer, o homem pensa e a obra nasce

Fernando Pessoa, poet


"One who has no dog, hunts with a cat."

Quem não tem cão caça com gato

Portuguese proverb


"Portugal is a very beautiful country, the problem is the Portuguese."
Eça de Queiroz, writer


"One is for the revolution or for the reaction! There's no third way..."

Ou se é pela revolução ou se é pela reacção! Não há cá terceiras vias...
Vasco Gonçalves, politician

"Fame, for me, is that thing that allows me to multiply number of my friends"

A fama para mim é aquilo que me permite multiplicar o número de amigos.
Carlos Paredes, Portuguese guitar player

"Communism fundamentally distinguishes itself from fascism because it was the first

O comunismo distingue-se fundamentalmente do fascismo porque foi o primeiro." {{{original}}}
Vergílio Ferreira, writer


"Lies have short legs"

A mentira tem perna curta
Portuguese proverb

"The flies change but the shit is all the same"
Brito Camacho, politician of the Portuguese First Republic


"We gave the Brazilians, the land, people and language, and we are the ones with an accent?!"
Raúl Solnado, actor and commedian



"I'm not a total atheist, everyday I try to find a sign of God, but unfortunately I can't find any."

Não sou um ateu total, todos os dias tento encontrar um sinal de Deus, mas infelizmente não o encontro.
José Saramago, novelist

"To Angola! Quickly and strongly!"

Para Angola, rapidamente e em força!
António de Oliveira Salazar, dictator, when the independence war in Angola started

"Be plural like the universe!"

Sê plural, como o Universo!
Fernando Pessoa, poet

"Grenades? No... This is only smoke. Be calm, the people is serene! The people is serene!"

Granadas ? Não...Isto é só fumaça.Calma o povo é sereno!O povo é sereno!
José Pinheiro de Azevedo, former-Prime Minister of Portugal, in front of a multitude of supporters after tumults started because of explosions caused by detractors

"The worst of all crimes is to produce bad wine, bottle it and serve it to ones friends"

O pior dos crimes é produzir vinho mau, engarrafá-lo e servi-lo aos amigos
Aquilino Ribeiro, writer

"Obviously, I'll dismiss him."

Obviamente, demito-o.
Humberto Delgado, opposition presidential candidate, about dictator António de Oliveira Salazar

"The readers are like whores, they love us and then they leave us."
António Lobo Antunes, novelist


"Pressure? Pressure is millions of parents around the world with no money to feed their children."
José Mourinho, football manager


"Love is fire that burns unseen"

Amor é fogo que arde sem se ver
Luís de Camões, Portugal's national poet

"I never make mistakes and I rarely have doubts."
Aníbal Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal