Paulo Coelho

The Zahir

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Sidra Gem
Sidra Gemhas quoted5 years ago
Zahir, in Arabic, means visible, present, incapable of going unnoticed. It is someone or something which, once we have come into contact with them or it, gradually occupies our every thought, until we can think of nothing else. This can be considered either a state of holiness or of madness.
Sonya Tampubolon
Sonya Tampubolonhas quoted4 years ago
“Marie, let’s suppose that two firemen go into a forest to put out a small fire. Afterward, when they emerge and go over to a stream, the face of one is all smeared with black, while the other man’s face is completely clean. My question is this: Which of the two will wash his face?”
“That’s a silly question. The one with the dirty face, of course.”
“No, the one with the dirty face will look at the other man and assume that he looks like him. And, vice versa, the man with the clean face will see his colleague covered in grime and say to himself: I must be dirty too. I’d better have a wash.”
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b3124679738has quoted2 months ago
lessons always arrive when you are ready, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step.
syringam
syringamhas quoted8 months ago
I had discovered that I was much better and much more capable than I myself had thought;
syringam
syringamhas quoted8 months ago
Love was also a synonym for tenderness, security, prestige, comfort, success. Love could be translated into smiles, into words like “I love you” or “I feel so happy when you come home.
syringam
syringamhas quoted8 months ago
understanding that the invisible world always manifests itself in the visible world
syringam
syringamhas quoted8 months ago
acomodador: the moment in our lives when we decide to abandon our desires and make do, instead, with what we have
syringam
syringamhas quoted8 months ago
A warrior of light knows that he has much to be grateful for.
syringam
syringamhas quoted8 months ago
Being with someone else and making that person feel as if they were of no importance in our life is far worse than feeling alone and miserable in the streets of Geneva.
syringam
syringamhas quoted8 months ago
because there isn’t enough money to buy one each.
syringam
syringamhas quoted8 months ago
I think love and dependency go hand in hand
syringam
syringamhas quoted8 months ago
With different stories, with experiences we never dared to have or didn’t want to have. That is how we change. That is how love grows. And when love grows, we grow with it.’
syringam
syringamhas quoted8 months ago
“‘By repeating it out loud in meticulous detail. And as we tell our story, we say goodbye to what we were and, as you’ll see if you try, we create space for a new, unknown world. We repeat the old story over and over until it is no longer important to us.’
syringam
syringamhas quoted9 months ago
“Esther asks why people are sad.

“‘That’s simple,’ says the old man. ‘They are the prisoners of their personal history. Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or if it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people’s ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.’
syringam
syringamhas quoted9 months ago
And all because I asked the questions that every human being should ask: Have you thought about your funeral? Do you realize that sooner or later you’re going to die?
syringam
syringamhas quoted9 months ago
We could spend the rest of our life saying that we love such a person or thing, when the truth is that we are merely suffering because, instead of accepting love’s strength, we are trying to diminish it so that it fits the world in which we imagine we live.
syringam
syringamhas quoted9 months ago
That power is almost visible, palpable
syringam
syringamhas quoted9 months ago
voice is the Energy, and that is why she only brings people together when they are both truly prepared for that moment.
syringam
syringamhas quoted9 months ago
The most important thing in all human relationships is conversation, but people don’t talk anymore, they don’t sit down to talk and listen. They go to the theater, the cinema, watch television, listen to the radio, read books, but they almost never talk. If we want to change the world, we have to go back to a time when warriors would gather around a fire and tell stories.
syringam
syringamhas quoted9 months ago
If I behave in the way people expect me to behave, I will become their slave.
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