I discovered Paulo Coelho books when I was a teenager. I fell in love straight away of his first book “The Alchemist”. Back then I read the book in Romanian and finished reading it in less than a week. The book is written so well and I found myself identifying with the main character. While I was reading the book my heart was pounding and words like the ones below will stay in my heart forever:
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”
“Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take is the worst of suffering.”
“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”
The following years I discovered his other books like “Eleven Minutes”, “Veronica decides to Die”, “The Valkyries”, “The Fifth Mountain”, “The Zahir” ,”The devil and miss Prym”, “Brida”, “The witch of Portobello” and the list could continue. I used to go to the library to borrow them as student I didn’t have enough money to buy them all.
When I came to England however I promised myself that I am going to buy and read all his books. And I did! Now I am reading one of Paulo Coelho’s latest books “The winner stands alone” and even If I only read only 56 pages into the story I am again surprised of how new and exciting this book is!
I even have a quote for you:
“…various biological studies have shown that if a frog is placed in a container along with water from its own pond,it will remain there,utterly still,while the water is slowly heated up. The frog doesn’t react to the gradual increase in temperature, to the changes in its environment, and when the water reaches boiling point, the frog dies, fat and happy.
On the other hand, if a frog is thrown into a container full of already boiling water, it will jump straight out again, scalded,but alive!”
What do you think of it? I know it might be as deep but I like this comparison with being in a relationship/marriage that fails….
It will probably not be the last time I write about my love for Paulo Coelho books. He has his own website where you can check and buy his books http://paulocoelho.com/en/.