Like The Flowing River: Thoughts And Reflections – Paulo Coelho

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Sometimes, we are so attached to our way of life that we turn down a wonderful opportunity simply because we don’t know what to do with it.

You can give a fool a thousand intellects, but the only one he will want is yours.
Arabic proverb

Saying isn’t enough, because words that are not transformed into actions ‘breed pestilence’ as William Blake said.

They complain a lot, but are afraid to take action. They want everything to change, but they themselves refuse to change.

Life is a constant risk, and anyone who forgets this will be unprepared for the challenges that fate may have in store.

It is the desire to walk that creates the path ahead; however, when we set off on the journey towards our dream, we feel very afraid, as if we had to get everything right first time.

The wounds pass, and only the scars remain.

“It is part of the human nature always to judge others very severely and, when the wind turns against us, always to find an excuse for our own misdeeds, or to blame someone else for our mistakes.”

“I am always amazed that so many people are concerned with wanting to be what they are not; What is the point of making yourself look ridiculous?

You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, there is no need to prove all the time that everything is going well, you shouldn’t be concerned about what other people are thinking.

Cry if you need to, it’s good to cry out all your tears, because only then you will be able to smile again…”

“A boy was watching his grandmother write a letter. At one point he asked:
‘Are you writing a story about what we’ve done? Is it a story about me?’
His grandmother stopped writing her letter and said to her grandson:
I am writing about you, actually, but more important than the words is the pencil I’m using. I hope you will be like this pencil when you grow up.’
Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil. It didn’t seem very special.
‘But it’s just like any other pencil I’ve ever seen!’
‘That depends on how you look at things. It has five qualities which, if you manage to hang on them, will make you a person who is always at peace with the world.’
‘First quality: you are capable of great things, but you must never forget that there is a hand guiding your steps. We call that hand God, and He always guides us according to His will.’
‘Second quality: now and then, I have to stop writing and use a sharpener. That makes the pencil suffer a little, but afterwards, he’s much sharper. So you, too, must learn to bear certain pains and sorrows, because they will make you a better person.
‘Third quality: the pencil always allows us to use an eraser to rub out any mistakes. This means that correcting something we did is not necessarily a bad thing; it helps to keep us on the road to justice.’

‘Fourth quality: what really matters in a pencil is not its wooden exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.’
‘Finally, the pencil’s fifth quality: it always leaves a mark. In just the same way, you should know that everything you do in life will leave a mark, so try to be conscious of that in your every action”

“We always have the necessary resources to face the storms that life throws at us, but most of the time, those resources are locked up in the depths of our heart and we waste an enormous amount of time trying to find them. By the time we’ve found them, we already been defeated by adversity.”

“I want to be someone capable of seeing the unseen faces, of seeing those who do not seek fame or glory, who silently fulfil the role life has given them. I want to be able to do this because the most important things, those that shape our existence, are precisely the ones that never show their faces.”

“I’m not doing anything, and yet I’m also doing the most important thing a man can do: I’m listening to what I needed to hear from myself.”

I simply believe that a book has its own journey to make, and should not be condemned to being stuck on a shelf.

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