March 25, 2007

The Fifth Mountain

Read Paulo Coelho's Fifth Mountain - A typical Coelho novel...

Given below are some of the quotable quotes from the book...
The woman divided human beings into two groups: those who took joy in, and those who complained about, what they did.

Angel: Every man hath the right to doubt his task, and to forsake it from time to time; but what he must not do is forget it. Whoever doubteth not himself is unworthy - for in his unquestioning belief in his ability, he commiteth the sin of pride. Blessed are those who go through moments of indecision.

Elijah: At this moment, many people have stopped living. They do not become angry, nor cry out; they merely wait for time to pass. They did not accept the challenges of life, so life no longer challenges them. You are running that same risk; react, face life, but do not stop living.

Angel: A man must choose. Therein lieth his strength; the power of his decision.

Elijah: If you have a past that dissatisfies you, forget it now. Imagine a new story of yur life, and believe in it. Concentrate only on those moments in which you achieved what you desired, and this strength will help you to accomplish what you want.

Elijah: A child can always teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.

Elijah had fled from doubt. From defeat. From moments of indecision. But the Lord was generous and had led him to the abyss of the unavoidable, to show him that man must choose - and not accept - his fate.

Elijah: Take advantage of the chance that tragedy has given you; not everyone is capable of doing so.

Elijah: The Lord often has his prophets climb mountains to converse with Him. I always wondered why He did that, and now I know the answer: when we are on high, we can see everything else as small. Our glory and our sadness lose their importance. Whatever we conquered or lost remains there below. From the heights of the mountain, you see how large the world is, and how wide its horizons.


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