Brida

About the Author

Paulo Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, entered into the literary world as a script writer for the theatre, working simultaneously as a man of letters, journalist and script writer for Brazilian television. Among his first works are found such books as The Pilgrim from Compostela (Diary of a Mage) (1987) and The Alchemist (1988). With these, Paulo Coelho started on a road full of successes that earned him the title as one of the greatest living authors of our time. He has been published in many different countries in 60 different languages.

About the Book

Brida, a spectaular and very successful novel. Brida is a novel based on a true story of captivating beauty, that of the Irish girl, Brida O’Fern. At the age of twenty one, Brida meets a Mage, whom she asks to help change her into a witch. In order to do this the girl must overcome a series of obstacles which make her change her concept of life. She will discover, along with the reader, that love is the only way to reach the spiritual world and that it transforms us because when we love we want to be better than we are.

Quotes in the Book

->“Finding something important in life does not mean that you must give up everything else.”

->“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but others drink the whole bottle”
“How will I know which is which?”
“By the taste. You can only know a good wine if you have first tasted a bad one”

->“Right now, while we’re here eating, ninety-nine per cent of the people on this planet are, in their own way, struggling with that very question. Why are we here? Many think they’ve found the answer in religion or in materialism. Other despair and spend their lives and their money trying to grasp the meaning of it all. A few let the question go unanswered and live for the moment, regardless on the results or the consequences.”
“Only the brave and those who understand the Traditions of the Sun and the Moon are aware that the only possible answer to the question is I DON’T KNOW”

->“We can also allow our Soulmate to pass us by,without accepting him or her,or even noticing. Then we will need another incarnation in order to find that Soulmate. And because of our selfishness, we will be condemned to the worst torture humankind ever invented for itself: loneliness.”

->“Ever since the time began, people have recognized their true love by the light in their eyes.”

->“We don’t look for an answer, we accept, and then life becomes much more intense. much more brilliant, because we understand that each minute, each step that we take, has a meaning that goes far beyond us as individuals. We realize that somewhere in time and space this question does have an answer. We realized that there is a reason for us being here, and for us, that is enough.”

->“Nothing is Wrong all the time; even a stopped clock is right twice a day.”

Most touching lines in Brida

‘ That is what the forest taught me. That you will never be mine, and that is why I will never lose you. You were my hope during my days of loneliness, my anxiety during moments of doubt, my certainty during moments of faith.

Knowing that my Soulmate would come one day, I devoted myself to learning the Tradition of the Sun. Knowing that you existed was my one reason for continuing to live.’

Brida could no longer conceal her tears.

‘Then you came, and I understood all of this. You came to free me from the slavery I myself had created, to tell me that I was free to return to the world and to the things of the world. I understood everything I needed to know, and I love you more than all the women I have ever known, more than I loved the woman who, quite unwittingly, exiled me to the forest. I will always remember now that love is liberty. That was the lesson it took me so many years to learn. That is the lesson that sent me into exile and now sets me free again.’

“I will always remember you, and you will remember me, just as we will remember the evening, the rain on the windows, and all the things we’ll always have because we cannot possess them.”

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‘But how will i know who my Soulmate is?’
‘By taking risks’ she said to Brida. ‘By risking failure, disappointment, disillusion, but never ceasing in your search for Love. As long you keep looking, you will triumph in the end’.

“You can only know a good wine if you have first tasted a bad one!”

“We will take this risk together, Brida. People usually retrieve their own behavior in two ways – people, who build, and people, who plant. For those, who build, whatever they have started would take a lot of time and effort but one they they will finish it. Then they will be limited by their own walls. The life loses its sense when the building has been finished. There are people, who plant. They often become victims of storms and its hard for them to achieve harmony … “

Responses

  1. Very nice, very nice lalaiz. 😀 Imo talaga gin surat an mga quotes. HAHA. That’s good. Ganadu ano an Brida! Ever, hiya gud nak favorite so far. HAHA. XD


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