The Witch of Portobello, Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho

The Witch of Portobello

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Yelena Aleksandrovna Nevel
Yelena Aleksandrovna Nevelhas quoted2 years ago
Why is patience so important?”
“Because it makes us pay attention.”
Keyu
Keyuhas quoted4 years ago
bitter clash between her personal dreams and collective reality
Ulyana Skl
Ulyana Sklhas quoted9 years ago
I found myself and realised that I could never have anything or lose anything.
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the soul either rises up to heaven or descends into hell, depending on the person’s state of mind. In both cases, it learns what it needs to learn: to destroy or to heal
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he simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be, even though, at first, it may seem uncomfortable.”
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know that people who are in love do affect the environment in which they live, and so I immediately assumed that Athena must have met someone very important in her life.
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And the best way to know who we are is often to find out how others see us.
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We cook and complain that it’s a waste of time, when we should be pouring our love into making that food. We work and believe it’s a divine curse, when we should be using our skills to bring pleasure and to spread the energy of the Mother
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But she couldn’t control herself; she thought she was the mistress of the truth, capable of overcoming all barriers merely by using her powers of seduction.
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Athena wasn’t very interested in that; she wanted to live, dance, make love, travel, to gather people around her in order to demonstrate how wise she was, to show off her gifts, to provoke the neighbors, to make the most of all that is profane in us—although she always tried to give a spiritual gloss to that search.
Lara
Larahas quoted2 years ago
In order for us to understand the powers we carry within us and the secrets that have already been revealed, it was first necessary to allow the surface—expectations, fears, appearances—to be burned away.
Yelena Aleksandrovna Nevel
Yelena Aleksandrovna Nevelhas quoted2 years ago
Elegance isn’t a superficial thing, it’s the way mankind has found to honor life and work. That’s why, when you feel uncomfortable in that position, you mustn’t think that it’s false or artificial: it’s real and true precisely because it’s difficult. That position means that both the paper and the brush feel proud of the effort you’re making. The paper ceases to be a flat, colorless surface and takes on the depth of the things placed on it. Elegance is the correct posture if the writing is to be perfect. It’s the same with life: when all superfluous things have been discarded, we discover simplicity and concentration. The simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be, even though, at first, it may seem uncomfortable.”
Yelena Aleksandrovna Nevel
Yelena Aleksandrovna Nevelhas quoted2 years ago
Isn’t the soul more important?”
“Of course it is, but if your soul could communicate with your brain, you would be able to change even more things.”
Keyu
Keyuhas quoted4 years ago
when I think that God exists and is listening to me; but that isn't enough to go on living, when nothing seems to make sense. I pretend a happiness I don't feel; I hide my sadness so as not to worry those who love me and care about me. Recently, I've even considered suicide. At night, before I go to sleep, I have long conversations with myself, praying for this idea to go away;
Keyu
Keyuhas quoted4 years ago
I saw that things are never absolute; they depend on each individual's perceptions
Ulyana Skl
Ulyana Sklhas quoted9 years ago
I realised then that I, too, was capable of loving someone I disliked.
Ulyana Skl
Ulyana Sklhas quoted9 years ago
that the dream of every human being is never to work and to travel constantly
Ulyana Skl
Ulyana Sklhas quoted9 years ago
s the same with happiness: there are a series of rules, and if 255
you fail to follow them, your conscious mind will refuse to accept the idea that you’re happy.
Ulyana Skl
Ulyana Sklhas quoted9 years ago
I know that love is something that can be built rather than simply discovered,
Ulyana Skl
Ulyana Sklhas quoted9 years ago
the classic path of the witch, who, through her individual persona, seeks contact with the upper and lower world, but always ends up destroying her own life – she serves others, gives out energy, but receives nothing in return.
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