The Witch of Portobello

Below are some of the lines I took from Paulo Coehlo's THE WITCH OF PORTOBELLO. I love reading PC's books! Amazing. Inspiring.

''I don't see why I should bother to look for someone who never took the trouble to love me.''

''And you're saying things to me that make sense of my life."

''When I die, bury me standing, because I've spent all my life on my knees.''

''Believe me, I have all the time in the world. I have the rest of my life to spend by your side.''

''They'll get lost, and that's the best way to discover interesting places.''

"Changes only happen when we go totally against everything we're used to doing.''

"Whatever happens or doesn't happen will be equally gratifying. knowing that you are capable of love is enough. if it isn't him, it will be someone else... What you give, you will receive although sometimes come from the place you least expect.''

''Anyone who believes they have failed will always fail. Anyone who has decided that they cannot behave any differently will be destroyed by routine.''

SAMIRA R. KHALIL, athena's mother
''I asked why a young woman who had everything in life should always be so dissatisfied..''
 "'I'd think it dangerous to go in search of someone who had denied and rejected me when i was still too helpless to survive on my own..''

''She simply wants to be sure that she's loved.''

''If it was written that we would meet again, we would. the important thing is to allow fate to intervene in our lives and to decide what is best for everyone.''

''After all, what is happiness? Love, they tell me. But love doesn't bring and never has brought happiness. On the contrary, it's a constant state of anxiety, a battlefield; it's sleepless nights, asking ourselves all the time if we're doing the right thing. Real love is composed of ecstasy and agony.''

''We're surrounded by universal desire. it's not happiness, it's desire. and desires are never satisfied, because once they are, they ceased to be desires.''

''Try to feel good about yourself even when you feel like the least worthy of creatures.''

''You are what you believe yourself to be.''

''What do you want? You can't want to be happy, because that's too easy and too boring. You can't want only to love, because that's impossible. What do you want? You want to justify your life, to live it intensely as possible''

ROM BARO, tribal leader
''The situation gets better, then it immediately gets worse.''

LILIANA, athena's biological mother
''Like all women, I'd dreamed of one day meeting an enchanted prince who would marry me, give lots of children and shower attentions on my family. Like many women, I fell in love with a man who could give me none of those things but with whom I shared unforgettable moments.''

''I know this is an illusion, but life has given me so many moments of harsh reality that it does no harm to dream a little.''

''Like all storms, it brings destruction, but at the same time, it soaks the fields, and the wisdom of the heaven falls with the rain. like all storms, it will pass. The more violent it is, the more quickly it will pass.''

''The ways in which fate changes people are always favorable if we only know how to decipher them..''

''At that moment, I was behaving like a little girl who has just found out that the world isn't full of ghosts and curses as grown-ups have taught us. it's full of love, regardless of how that love is manifested, a love that forgives our mistakes and redeems our sins.''

''Don't be alone in the search, because if you take a wrong step, you'll have no one there to help put you right.''

''Although I believe that love is enough to justify whole existence, I was quite sure that I couldn't ask her to sacrifice her future in order to stay by my side.''

''Whether they love me or are merely using me, it doesn't matter. My love is greater than that. I want to love freely, and I want to allow the people arround me to do the same."

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