Friday, July 20, 2012

Aleph - Extracts

Hi everybody,

I share with you today some extracts of the Paulo Coelho's latest book : Aleph.

Focus on yourself
If you spend too much time trying to find out what is good or bad about someone else, you’ll forget your own soul and end up exhausted and defeated by the energy you have wasted in judging others.

People vs books
Reading is very important, but anyone who puts all his faith in academic tomes and creative writing courses is missing the point: words are life set down on paper. So seek out the company of others.

The ability to receive
I know very few people capable of receiving, even when the gift is given with love and generosity. It’s as if the act of receiving made them feel inferior, as if depending on someone else were undignified.

What’s life?
Life is the train, not the station.

Routine: the enemy of Faith
Why have I been complaining all these months about not being in touch with the Divine Energy? What nonsense! We are always in touch with it, it’s only routine that prevents us from feeling it.

Stop the excuses
You can spend your entire life blaming the world, but your successes or failures are entirely your own responsibility. You can try to stop time, but it’s a complete waste of energy.

Be strong
‘I will be capable of loving regardless of whether I am loved in return,
Of giving even when I have in the midst of difficulties,
Of holding out my hand even when utterly alone and abandoned,
Of drying my tears even while I weep,
Of believing even when no one believes in me.’

Dreams are reel
When we dream: we enter our recent or remote past. We wake up thinking that we’ve dreamed the most ridiculous things while we slept, but that’s not true. We’ve visited another dimension, where things don’t happen exactly as they do here. We think it’s all nonsense because when we wake up, we’re immediately back in a world organised by memory, which is our way of understanding the present.

People don’t represent the religion
I belong to a religion that perpetrated horrors in the past. That’s what I’m getting at, because, despite everything, I still have the love of Jesus, which is far stronger than the hatred of those who declared themselves to be his successors.

The change is within you
No, nothing has changed. But we –who went off in search of our kingdom and discovered lands we had never seen before – we know we are different.

Yes, I could have reached the same conclusions without ever leaving Brazil, but just like Santiago, the shepherd boy in one of my books, sometimes you have to travel a long way in order to find what is near.

Hope that the extracts have aroused your curiosity and that you'll decide to read the book soon and share your thoughts with us.



  1. Hi Amal

    I thank you sincerely for the extracts. Its very interresting. What I like most about Cohelo Paulo is its ability to say many things with few words.
    I want to add others quotes that I liked in the book:

    "We are not the person other people wish we were. We are who we decide to be"

    "It’s always easy to blame others. You can spend your entire life blaming the world, but your successes or failures are entirely your own responsibility"

    "I know a lot of people who only feel they have an identity when they’re talking about their problems. That way, they exist, because their problems are linked to what they judge to be “their history".

  2. Thanks Racha for the comment :)

    If you've already read the book, I'd like you to share your thoughts with us in the book review.

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