I have a habit of saving quotes I like from any book I read. I am sharing some of my favorite quotes from Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho. 🙂
1- Ask the river: ‘Do you feel useful, given that all you do is to keep flowing in the same direction?’
And the river will answer: ‘I’m not trying to be useful. I’m trying to be a river.’ (pg 45)
2- Everything has a reason to exist. (pg 45)
3- Even you, the person asking the question. ‘I’m useless’ is the answer you give yourself.
Soon that answer will poison you and you will die while still alive, even though you still walk, eat, sleep and try to have a little fun whenever possible. (pg 45)
4- Don’t try to be useful. Try to be yourself: that is enough, and that makes all the difference. (pg 45)
5- It’s nice to dream that we will have plenty of time in the future to do our travelling and that, one day, we will travel. It cheers us up because we know we are capable of doing more than we do. Dreaming carries no risks. The dangerous thing is trying to transform your dreams into reality. (pg 52)
6- Don’t run the risk of becoming a stranger in a strange land. (pg 55)
7- If we are happy, we are on the right road. (pg 55)
8- Fear gradually ebbs away, because it wasn’t given what it felt was its due importance. (pg 55)
9- Tomorrow, and only tomorrow, will I take another step. Besides, I can always turn back, because I know the road, but one more step won’t make much difference. (pg 56)
10- ‘Difficulty’ is the name of an ancient tool that was created purely to help us define who we are. (pg 58)
11- Religions teach that faith and transformation are the only ways of drawing near to God. (pg 58)
12- Faith shows us that we are never alone. (pg 58)
13- Transformation helps us to love the mystery. (pg 58)
14- The Unwanted Visitor visits those who don’t change and those who do. But those who did change can say: ‘My life was an interesting one. I didn’t squander my blessing.’
And those who that adventures are dangerous I say, Try routine: that kills you far more quickly. (pg 59)
15- We deny our own beauty because others can’t or won’t recognize it. (pg 64)
16- Instead of accepting ourselves as we are, we try to imitate what we see around us. (pg 64)
17- We try to be what other people think of as ‘pretty’ and, little by little, our soul fades, our will weakens, and all the potential we had to make the world a more beautiful place withers away. (pg 64)
18- We forget that the world is what we imagine it to be. (pg 64)
19- Love passes by and says: ‘I never noticed you before.’
And our soul responds: ‘Well, pay more attention, because here I am. It took a breeze to blow the dust from your eyes, but now that you have recognized me, don’t leave me again, because all of us desire beauty.’ (pg 66)
20- Beauty exists not in sameness but in difference. (pg 66)
21- It is imperfect that astonishes and attracts us. (pg 66)
22- A sunset is always more beautiful when it is covered with irregularly shaped clouds, because only then can it reflect the many colours out of which dreams and poetry are made. (pg 67)
23- Pity those who think: ‘I am not beautiful. That’s why Love has not knocked at my door.’ In fact, Love did knock, but when they opened the door they weren’t prepared to welcome Love in.
They were too busy trying to make themselves beautiful first, when, in fact, they were fine as they were. (pg 67)
24- They were trying to imitate others, when Love was looking for something original. (pg 67)
25- They were trying to reflect what came from outside, forgetting that the brightest light comes from within. (pg 67)
26- Because Enthusiasm is the Sacred Fire. (pg 73)
27- They seem quite mad. And sometimes they behave like mad people. But they are not mad. They have discovered true Love and Will. (pg 73)
28- But only the person who accepts God’s plan with humility and courage knows that he is on the right road. (pg 75)
29- In order to hear Love’s words, you must allow Love to approach. (pg 79)
30- They think they can seduce Love through submission, power, beauty, wealth, tears and smiles.
True Love, however, is the love that seduces and will never allow itself to be seduced. (pg 79)
31- Love transforms, love heals. But sometimes it lays the deadly traps and ends up destroying the person who decides to surrender himself completely. How can the force that moves the world and keeps the stars in their places be, at once, so creative and so devastating? (pg 80)
32- Love is an act of faith, not an exchange. (pg 80)
33- Contradictions are what make love grow. Conflicts are what allow love to remain by our side. (pg 80)
34- We love because we need to love. (pg 80)
35- And yet, even when Love does not appear, we remain open to its presence. (pg 81)
36- Sometimes, when loneliness seems about to crush everything, the only way to resist is to keep on loving. (pg 81)
37- Our great goal in life is to love. The rest is silence. (pg 81)
38- We need to love. Even when it leads us to the land where the lakes are made of tears – that secret, mysterious place, the land of tears! (pg 81)
39- Tears speak for themselves. (pg 81)
40- Because we realized that the person who left us did not take the sun with them or leave darkness in their place. They simply left, and with every farewell comes a hidden hope. (pg 81)
41- Love is only a word, until we decide to let it possess us with all its force. (pg 83)
42- And time will cease to exist, because in the land of pleasure-born-of-true-love, everything is infinite. (pg 101)
43- Because friendship is one of the many faces of Love, and Love is not swayed by opinions; Love accepts its companion unconditionally and allows each to grow in his or her own way. (pg 107)
44- Love is an act of faith in another person, not an act of surrender. (pg 107)
45- Do not seek to be loved at any price, because Love has no price. (pg 107)
46- If they (friends) once took a wrong and dangerous path, they will never come to you and say: ‘Don’t ever do that.’
They will merely say: ‘I once took a wrong and dangerous path.’
This is because they respect your freedom, just as you respect theirs. (pg 107-108)
47- Stay close to those who sing, tell stories and enjoy life, and whose eyes sparkle with happiness. Because happiness is contagious and will always manage to find a solution, whereas logic can find only an explanation for the mistake made. (pg 110)
48- No matter how you are feeling, get up every morning and prepare to let your light shine forth.
Those with eyes to see will see your light and be enchanted by it. (pg 110)
49- The simplest things in life are the most extraordinary. (pg 115)
50- Elegance is not a matter of good taste. Every culture has its own idea of beauty, which is often completely different from ours. (pg 115)
51- Arrogance attracts hatred and envy. Elegance arouses respect and Love. (pg 115)
52- Arrogance causes us to humiliate our fellow man or woman. Elegance teaches us to walk in the light. (pg 115)
53- Arrogance complicates words, because it believes that intelligence is only for the chosen few. Elegance transforms complex thoughts into something that everyone can understand. (pg 115)
54- Obsession doesn’t help at all; it only confuses us as to which path to follow and ends up taking away the pleasure of living. (pg 129)
55- What is success?
It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace. (pg 132)
56- Help us to understand that Love’s strength lies in its contradictions, and that Love lasts because it changes and not because it stays the same and never faces any challenges. (pg 136)
57- Help us to be humble when we receive and joyful when we give. (pg 137)
58- Never miss an opportunity to show your love, especially to those close to you, because we are always at our most cautious with them for fear of being hurt. (pg 155)
59- Love does not need to be understood. It needs only to be shown. (pg 155)
60- The greatest gift God gave us is the power to make decisions. (pg 156)
61- We are told, from childhood on, that what we wanted to do was impossible. As we accumulate years, we also accumulate the sand of prejudices, fears and guilt.
Free yourself from that. Not tomorrow, not tonight, but now. (pg 156)
62- The true hero is not the man who was born for great deeds, but the one who managed to build a shield of loyalty around him out of many small things. (pg 170)
63- The true lover is not the one who says: ‘You need to be by my side and I need to take care of you, because we are loyal to one another.’ But the one who realizes that loyalty must go hand-in-hand with freedom. (pg 170)
64- The enemy is not the person standing before you, sword in hand. It is the person standing next to you with a dagger concealed behind his back. (pg 179)
65- Never repay hatred with hatred, but with justice. (pg 179)
66- ‘Go in peace.’ (pg 194)
67- Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing at all or by having everything happen all at once.
68- Life is short. There is no time to leave important words unsaid.
69- Scars speak loudly than the swords that caused them.
70- There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve, the fear of failure.
71- Don’t allow your wounds to turn you into a person you are not.
72- Only he who gives up is defeated. Everyone else is victorious.
73- Only three things can change our lives; dreams, suffering and love.
74- One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.
My favorite parts were from Beauty, Love, Friendship, Elegance and Loyalty.
Which were yours?! 🙂