By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept – PAULO COELHO

“Love perseveres. It’s men who change.”

Paulo Coelho’nun sıradan insanların hayatındaki sıradışı haftaları anlattığı 7. Gün üçlemesinin ilk kitabı. Diğerleri Veronika Decides to Die (Veronika Ölmek İstiyor) ve The Devil and Miss Prym (Şeytan Ve Genç Kadın). Kitap ismini kutsal kitaptaki 137. psalm’dan alır.

Kitapta iki kişinin çocukluktan başlayan aşklarının büyüyünce nasıl ilahi bir arayışla içsel yolculuğa dönüştüğü anlatılmaktadır. Yolun uzunluğu, inanılmazlığı ve güvensizliği kitap boyunca surer. Biz Pilar isimli kızla hikayeye dahil oluruz ve onun üzerinden kendimize bakarız. İki kişinin kendi üzerinden aslında ilahi aşka yaklaşışıdır bütün hikaye. Tabi bazı hatalarla. Dönem dönem neyi aradıkları gibi kendilerini de sorgularlar ve dönem dönem yollarını kaybederler.

Unutmayayım diye buraya not alıyorum, güzel cümleler var bu kitapta.

“There are many ways to commit suicide. Those who try to kill the body violate God’s law. Those who try to kill the soul also violate God’s law.”

“The wise are wise only because they love. And the foolish are foolish only because they think they can understand love,”

“In fairy tales, the princesses kiss the frogs, and the frogs become princes. In real life, the princesses kiss princes, and the princes turn into frogs.”

“Some people always have to be doing battle with someone, sometimes even with themselves, battling with their own lives. So they begin to create a kind of play in their head, and they write the script based on their frustrations. But other people also ‘invite’ us to behave like victims, when they complain about the unfairness of life, for example, and ask us to agree, to offer advice, to participate. He looked into my eyes. “Be careful. When you join in that game, you always wind up losing.”

“But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggle for your dreams than to be defeated without ever even knowing what you’re fighting for.”

“The gods throw the dice, and they don’t ask whether we want to be in the game or not. They don’t care if when you go, you leave behind a lover, a home, a career, or a dream.”

“The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us.”

“And happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided.”

“Faith as tiny as a grain of sand allows us to move mountains.”

“One has only to believe, accept, and be willing to make mistakes.”

“Men always have their reasons,” said the Other. “But the fact is that they always wind up leaving.”

“If we acknowledge that God created us for happiness, then we have to assume that everything that leads to sadness and defeat is our own doing.

“When a certain number of people evolve, the entire human race begins to evolve.”

“If one can dominate the body, one can dominate the spirit.”

“Before a person can follow his dream, others have to make sacrifices.”

“I try to tell them that there is a plan, a battle among the angels, and that we are all involved in the battle. I try to say that when a certain number of people have enough faith to change the scenario, all of the others—everywhere on the planet—will benefit.”

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