Brida by Paulo Coelho

by Catherine Chiu

  • Of all the things that she’d experienced until then, love had been the most difficult.
  • One must trust in each person’s ability to teach him or herself.
  • When you find your path you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.
  • “Perhaps solitude has made his madness worse,” Brida thought and again she felt the first stirrings of panic. She may have been young, but she knew the harm that loneliness could do to people, especially as they got older.
  • She had no choice: either she believed in God, her Guardian Angel, or she despaired.
  • Faith would keep her Guardian Angel awake and watching.
  • “But how will I know who my Soul Mate is?” Brida felt that this was one of the most important questions she had ever asked in her life. “By taking risks,” she said to Brida. “By risking failure, disappointment, disillusion, but never ceasing in search for Love. As long as you keep looking, you will triumph in the end.
  • And because of our selfishness, we will be condemned to the worst torture humankind ever invented for itself: loneliness.
  • Women are generally seeking their Soul Mate, and men are looking for Power. Neither party is really interested in learning. They simply want to reach the thing they have set as their goal.
  • Whatever he achieves will be incomplete if he fails to find his Soul Mate.
  • When male knowledge joins with female transformation, then the great magical union is created, and its name is Wisdom. Wisdom means both to know and to transform.
  • The more you understand yourself, the more you will understand the world. And the closer you will be to your Soul Mate.
  • Emotions are like wild horses.
  • Whenever you want to find out about something, plunge straight in.
  • A prayer, when couched in the words of the soul, is far more powerful than any ritual.
  • Because you lack the humility to listen to it, and find out what it wants. You’re embarrassed to listen to the urgings of your soul and afraid to take those requests to God, because you think He doesn’t have time to concern Himself with them.
  • Lord, give us humility to ask for what we need, because no desire is vain and no request is futile. Only by accepting our desires can we begin to understand who we are.
  • Sometimes, certain of God’s blessings arrive by shattering all the windows.
  • Sex was the symbolic means of communion with the divine, a reencounter with the meaning of life.
  • Because when you are in love, you were capable of learning everything and of knowing things you had never dared even to think, because love was the key to understanding all of the mysteries.
  • When you have sex, take with you to bed only love and your senses, all five of them. Only then will you experience communion with God.
  • Never stop having doubts. If you ever do, it will be because you’ve stopped moving forward. On the other hand, you must be careful never to allow doubt to paralyze you. Always take the decisions you need to take, even if you’re not sure you’re doing the right thing.
  • The only way they could truly participate was by following their own desires, their own dreams, because that is how man becomes an instrument of God.
  • What is now proved was once only imagin’d. – William Blake
  • We can surrender ourselves to Divine Providence, take God’s hand, and fight for our dreams, believing that they always arrive at the right moment.
  • Problems of the heart always bruised the soul.
  • Remember, the first road to God is prayer, the second is joy.
  • God was the God of the Brave. And He would understand him, because the brave are those who make decisions despite their fear, who are tormented by the Devil every step of the way and gripped by anxiety about their every action, wondering if they are right or wrong. And yet nevertheless they act. They do so because they also believe in miracles.
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