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Veronika Decides To Die – Paulo Coelho

  • Nothing in this world happens by chance
  • No one will know how much solitude, bitterness and resignation lies beneath the surface happiness.
  • The ‘insane’ always believe in first impressions.
  • When she had achieved almost everything she wanted in life, she had reached the conclusion that her existence had no meaning, because every day was the same.
  • People struggle to get out of coma, not to go into one.
  • Insanity is the inability to communicate your ideas.
  • What makes a person hate themselves? – Cowardice, perhaps. Or the eternal fear of being wrong, of not doing what others expect.
  • How can I hate someone who only ever gave me love?
  • Time that never ends, that never passes, that remains in the present, where all of life secrets lie.
  • Be like the fountain that overflows, not like the cistern that merely contains.
  • The best way to avoid trouble is to share responsibility.
  • People only go insane when they try to escape from routine.
  • Certain people, in their eagerness to construct a world no external threat can penetrate, build exaggeratedly high defense against the outside world, against new people, new places, different experiences and leave their inner world stripped bare.
  • No one should let themselves get used to anything.
  • The two hardest tests on the spiritual road: the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage to not be disappointed with what you encounter.
  • The danger of an adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.
  • If people don’t like it, they can complain. And if they don’t have the courage to complain, that’s their problem.
  • You have two choices: to control your mind or let your mind control you.
  • Stay insane but behave like normal people. Run the risk of being different but learn to do so without attracting attention.
  • We’re allowed to make a lot of mistakes in our lives, except the mistakes that destroys us.
  • If only everyone could know and live with their inner craziness. Would the world be a worse place for it? No, people would be fairer and happier.
  • You are someone who is different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else. And that in my view is a serious illness. God chose you to be different. Why are you disappointing God with this kind of attitude?
  • There is always someone who wants exactly what you want.
  • Everyone dreams, nut only a few realize their dreams, that makes cowards of us all.
  • Basically everything that happens in our life is our fault and ours alone.