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Start this year on a positive note. Let go of all negativity within you. That’s the best way to attract positivity in life. Happiness comes from within. You have to work hard on yourself inside out to achieve it. Let’s join hands and pledge to be our most positive self this year and encourage others to be positive too.

Love,

~F x

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Books, Quotes

Favorite Quotes – The Reef by Nora Roberts (Book)

Following are some of my favorite parts and quotes from the book.

The funny thing about some of these are that they’re quite similar to George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice And Fire. 😀 People who have read the books or watched the series will notice!! 😀

Enjoyy! 🙂

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1)      Time, current, storms – they spread things out. –Mathew Lassiter

 

2)      Losing the grip on emotions made a man vulnerable, caused him to make foolish mistakes. –Silas VanDyke

 

3)      Present – The now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past. –James Joyce

 

4)      I’m never working to make ends meet again, never doing what needs to be done and forgetting what I want. –Mathew Lassiter [Most favorite quote ❤]

 

5)      But the night was wild and full of voices.

 

6)      Lassiters always pay their debts.

 

7)      I’ll take what is mine. –Mathew Lassiter

 

8)      I had the mistaken belief that common sense would outweigh lust. –Tate Beaumont

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Books, Quotes

Favorite Quotes – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Book)

Following are some of my favorite quotes from the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Hope you guys enjoy them! 🙂

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1)      If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea if how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.

 

2)      At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.

 

3)      Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny is. At that point in their lives, everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their destiny.

 

4)      When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

 

5)      People learn, early in their lives, what is their reason for being. Maybe that’s why they give up on it so early, too. But, that’s the way it is.

 

6)      If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work towards getting it.

 

7)      Everything in life has its price.

 

8)      Sometimes it’s better to leave things as they are.

 

9)      When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.

 

10)   I have been told that beauty is the great seducer of men.

 

11)   Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.

 

12)   When you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.

 

13)   Everyone has his or her own way of learning things.

 

14)   I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.

 

15)   You must love the desert, but never trust it completely. Because the desert tests all men: it challenges every step, and kills those who become distracted.

 

16)   “Isn’t wine prohibited here?” the boy asked. “It’s not what enters men’s mouth that’s evil,” said the alchemist. “It’s what comes out of their mouths that is.”

 

17)   You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t true love.

 

18)   There is only one way to learn. It’s through action.

 

19)   Wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.

 

20)   You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say. That way, you’ll never have to fear an unanticipated blow.

 

21)   Fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.

 

22)   No heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.

 

23)   Most men see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.

 

24)   Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.

 

25)   The darkest hour of the night came just before the dawn.

 

26)   When you posses great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.

 

27)   No one fails to suffer the consequences of everything under the sun.

 

28)   Monk: But this payment goes beyond my generosity. Alchemist: Don’t say that again. Life might be listening, and give you less the next time.

 

29)   Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time. –Arab Proverb

 

30)   “I am coming, Fatima,” he said. (of course this was going to be here :P)

 

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Books, Quotes

Favorite Quotes – Life: Selected Quotations by Paulo Coelho (Book)

Following are some of my favorite quotes from Life: Selected Quotations by Paulo Coelho. I have typed them out according to their categories. Hope you guys like it. 🙂

 

The Dream

1)      The fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself. And no heart ever suffered when it went in search of its dreams. – The Alchemist

 

2)      The first indication that we are killing our dreams is lack of time. The second indication that our dreams are dead is certainty. The third indication that our dreams are dead in peace. –The Pilgrimage

 

The Path

 

1)      In his or her life, each person can take one of two attitudes: to build or to plant. Builders may take years over their tasks, but one day they will finish what they are doing. Then they will stop, hemmed in by their own walls. Life becomes meaningless once the building is finished. Those who plant suffer the storms and the seasons and rarely rest. Unlike a building, a garden never stops growing. And by its constant demands on the gardener’s attentions, it makes of the gardener’s life a great adventure. –Brida

 

2)      At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss. –Eleven Minutes

 

3)      Choosing one path means abandoning others – if you try to follow every possible path you will end up following none. –Brida

 

4)      Your heart is where your treasure is, and you must find your treasure in order to make sense of everything. –The Alchemist

 

5)      We always have a tendency to see those things that do not exist and to be blind to the great lessons that are right there before our eyes. –The Pilgrimage

 

6)      Finding something important in life does not mean that you must give up everything else. –Brida

 

7)      The only way to make the right decision is to find out which is the wrong decision, to examine that other path without fear, and only then decide. –The Pilgrimage

 

8)      When we postpone the harvest, the fruit rots, but when we postpone our problems, they keep on growing. –The Fifth Mountain

 

9)      It hurt when I lost each of the various men I fell in love with. Now, though, I am convinced that no one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it. –Eleven Minutes

 

10)   If you go around promising what you do not yet have, you will lose the will to achieve it. –The Alchemist

 

11)   Remember: never behave arrogantly towards the humble and never behave humbly towards the arrogant. –Chronicle – Stories About Arrogance

 

12)   In order to live fully, it is necessary to be in constant movement, only then can each day be different from the last. –The Zahir

 

13)   Only by accepting our desires can we have an idea of who we are. –Brida

 

Love

1)      Accumulating love brings luck, accumulating hatred brings calamity. –Manual of The Warrior of Light

 

2)      The moment we set off in search of love, it sets off in search of us. And saves us. –By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

 

3)      Do not try to explain feelings. Live everything intensely and treasure what you feel as a gift from God. –Brida

 

4)      We all know people who try to cover up their kindly gestures with irony and indifference, as if love were synonymous with weakness. –Chronicle – Notes For A Non-Existent Diary

 

5)      The energy of hatred will get you nowhere; but the energy of forgiveness, which reveals itself through love, will transform your life in a positive way. –The Zahir

 

6)      During the worst of all my crises, friends appeared. Since then, the first thing I do is ask for help. –Chronicle – Crises and Their Traps

 

7)      Love is full of traps. When it wants to reveal itself, it shows only its light and does not let us see the shadows cast by that light. –By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

 

8)      Love is always new. It doesn’t matter if we love once, twice or ten times in a lifetime, we will always find ourselves faced by an unfamiliar situation. –By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

 

9)      Love means sharing the world with someone else. –The Valkyries

 

Chance

1)      Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant. –Eleven Minutes

 

2)      The cup of suffering is not the same size for everyone. –Manual of The Warrior of Light

 

3)      The secret lies in the present – if you pay attention to the present, you will be able to improve it. And if you improve the present, whatever happens afterwards will be better too. Each day brings us Eternity. –The Alchemist

 

4)      She said she was neither happy nor unhappy, and that was why she couldn’t go on. Each person knows the extent of their own suffering, or the total absence of meaning in their lives. –Veronika Decides to Die

 

5)      You should try all wines – of some, take only a sip, of others, drink the whole bottle. How can you distinguish one from the other? By taste. Only someone who has tasted sour wine can recognize good wine. –Brida

 

6)      You do not drown simply by plunging into water; you only drown if you stay beneath the surface. –Manual of The Warrior of Light

 

7)      I discovered that searching can be as interesting as finding – as long as you overcome your fear. –Brida

 

8)      Before certain storms invade our garden, they send faint messages which, out of laziness, we ignore. –Chronicle – Crises and Their Traps

 

The Journey

1)      There are moments in life when the only possible option is to lose control. –Brida

 

2)      When there is no turning back, then we should concern ourselves only with the best way of going forward. –The Alchemist

 

3)      We do not need to know “how” or “where”, but there is one question that we should all ask whenever we start anything: “What am I doing this for?” –The Valkyries

 

4)      Man needs to choose, not just accept, his destiny. –The Fifth Mountain

 

5)      Those who make promises they fail to keep end up powerless and frustrated, and exactly the same fate awaits those who believe those promises. –The Devil and Miss Prym

 

6)      Courage does not mean an absence of fear, but the ability not to let yourself be paralyzed by that fear. –Chronicle – Hagakure and The Path of The Samurai

 

Destiny

1)      By changing the way you do routine things you allow a new man to grow inside you. –The Pilgrimage

 

2)      A blessing rejected becomes a curse. –The Alchemist

 

3)      Life moves very fast. It rushes us from heaven to hell in a matter of seconds. –Eleven Minutes

 

4)      Anyone who interferes in the destiny of others will never discover his own. –The Alchemist

 

5)      Wagers and pacts are made with angels – or with devils. –The Valkyries

 

6)      The Lord smiles contentedly because this is what He wants, that everyone should take responsibility for their own lives. –The Fifth Mountain

 

7)      Every person on the face of the earth has a gift. In some this reveals itself spontaneously, others have to work to find it. –By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

 

8)      On some nights, the warrior of light has nowhere to sleep, on others, he suffer from insomnia. “That’s just how its is,” thinks the warrior. “I was the one who chose to walk this path.”

 

9)      I believe that every single day people are offered the chance to make the best possible decision about everything they do. –The Zahir

 

The Good Fight

1)      No man is an island. To fight the good fight we need help. –The Pilgrimage

 

2)      When we renounce our dreams, we find peace and enjoy a brief period of tranquility, but the dead dreams begin to rot inside us and to infect the whole atmosphere in which we live. What we hoped to avoid in the Fight – disappointment and defeat – become the sole legacy of our cowardice. –The Pilgrimage

 

3)      Don’t try to be brave when it is enough to be intelligent. –The Pilgrimage

 

4)      Start to do something. That way, time will be an ally, not an enemy. –The Fifth Mountain

 

5)      Teaching is merely showing that something is possible. Learning is making something possible for yourself. –The Diary of A Magus

 

6)      You must be committed to the place you choose. A divided kingdom cannot resist the attacks of its enemies. A divided human being cannot face life with dignity. –By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

 

The Mystery

1)      The warrior knows that the most important words in all languages are the small words. YES. LOVE. GOD. They are words that are easy enough to say and which fill vast empty spaces. –Manual of The Warrior of Light

 

2)      When God wants to make someone mad, he grants all their desires. –The Valkyries

 

3)      Suffering occurs when we want other people to love us in the way that we imagine we want to be loved, and not in the way that love should manifest itself – free and untrammeled, guiding us with its force and driving us on. –The Zahir

 

4)      When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself. –Eleven Minutes

 

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Book Review, Books

Review – Life: Selected Quotations by Paulo Coelho (Book)

Life: Selected Quotations is another of Paulo Coelho’s most beloved book. It contains a number of quotes from some of Coelho’s famous works. The Zahir, Brida, The Devil and Miss Prym, Manual of The Warrior of Light, Alchemist, Maktub, The Pilgrimage, The Fifth Mountain, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, Eleven Minutes, and Chronicles, all make the list.

The quotes are very inspirational and do give us a bit understanding to some of the world’s reality to some extent, i.e. if a person wants to look at it with such a point of view.

The best part about this book is that it’s divided into 8 parts and the quotes are arranged according to their categories. Some of the categories are; Love, Dreams, Mystery, etc.

The cover of the book is done by a famous Norwegian artist Anne Kristin Hagesaether.

One can easily finish it within an hour and a half or they can relax and read it from time to time.

It gives you a complete sight on Coelho’s fantastic and easy way of writing. A very soothing and refreshing read. 🙂

Have you read Life: Selected Quotations by Paulo Coelho?! What is your opinion about it?!

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iWrite

Why Write?!

The reason why people like me need to write is so that we can put our minds at ease. We tend to live too many realities and lives parallel to our real existence and hence are bound to lose ourselves in them. This leads to us not being able to distinguish between the real one and the one we had imagined in our head or lived for someone else.

For people like me, writing is a therapy. To set aside what had been done, what we have been through or simply felt, so that it does not come back haunting us when we don’t have our guards up and take us back to the moment we are trying to forget. Or best trying to put in a picture of words so that we can let that piece rest in peace in some corner of our mind where we don’t have to visit it as often as our unconscious mind is making us to.

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