By The River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept

I've re-read paulo coehlo's "By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept". I'm just so glad that Pilar found her way back to the first man she loved. It's funny how everything is changed by a sudden twist of fate..

Pilar talks more about love while her lover talks more about life. :)

Below are some of the lines I took from my favorite author's book..

''on the bank of the river piedra, i sat down and wept.''

''if only i could tear out my heart and hurl it into the current, then my pain and longing would be over, and i could finally forget.''

''all love stories are the same.''

'' has been twelve years; people change.''

''i could have. what does this phrase mean?... the magic moments go unrecognized, and then suddenly, the hand of destiny changes everything.''

''yes, life teaches us many things.''

''no one can lie, no one can hide anything, when he looks directly into someone's eye. and any woman with the least bit of sensitivity can read the eyes of a man in love.''

''i had loved him - if a child can know what love means.''

''it wasn't what i had been thinking, he was no longer insisting, he was ready to let me leave - a man in love doesn't act that way.''

''i was there because life had presented me with Life.''

''i was more and more convinced that he was right: there are moments when you take a risk, do crazy things.''

''this is all a dream. it's going to end. but how long can i make the dream go on?''

''he said that he had loved me. we hadn't had time to talk about it, but i knew i could convince him that it wasn't true... there can't be any love involved.''

''the love he was talking about only exists in fairy tales. in real life, love has to be possible. even if it is urned right away, love can only survive when the hope exists that you will be able to win over the person you desire. anything else is fantasy.''

''lovers need to know how to lose themselves and then how to find themselves again.''

''if love were easy, i would be embracing him by now.''

''but love is much like a dam: if you allow a tiny crack to form through which only a trickle of water can pass, that trickle will quickly bring down the whole structure, and soon no one will be able to control the force of the current. for when those walls come down, then love takes over, and it no longer matters what is possible or impossible; it doesn't even matter whether we can keep our loved one at our side. to love is to lose control. no, no, i cannot allow such a crack to form. no matter how small.''

''love is a trap. when it appears, we only see its light, not its shadows.''

'''ridiculous. there's nothing deeper than love. in fairy tales, the princesses kiss the frogs, and the frogs become princes. in real life, the princesses kiss princes, and princes turn into frogs.''

''i knew he was going to turn my world upside down. my brain warned me, but my heart didn't want to take its advice.''

''life takes us by surprise and orders us to move toward the unknown - even when we don't want to and when we think we don't need to.''

''i was tired of playing the child and acting the way many of my friends did - the ones who are afraid that love is impossible without even knowing what love is. if i stayed like that, i would miss out on everything good that these few days with him might offer.''

''i've been in love before. it's like a narcotic. at first it brings the euphoria of complete surrender. the next day, you want more. you're not addicted yet, but you like the sensation, and you think you can still control things. you think about the person you love for two minutes, and forget them for three hours. but then you get used to that person, and you begin to be completely dependent on them. now you think about him for three hours and forget him for two minutes. if he's not there, you feel like an addict who can't get a fix. and just addicts steal and humiliate themselves to get what they need, you're willing to do anything for love... so we should love only those who can stay near us.''

''i can pretend-at least for a few minutes-that i am different.'

''i observed the woman i had been until then: weak but trying to give the impression of strength. fearful of everything but telling herself it wasn't fear - it was the wisdom of someone who knew what reality was. putting of shutters in front of windows to keep the joy the sun from entering - just so the sun's rays wouldn't fade my old furniture.''

''but love is always new. regardless of whether we love once, twice or a dozen times in our life, we always face a brand-new situation.''

i also knew that from this moment on i was going to experience heaven and hell, joy and pain, dreams and hopelessness...''

''and i'd heard again the voice of the child i had been, of the princess who was fearful of loving and losing.''

''why did you come back? why wait until today to tell me this story, when you can see that i am beginning to love you?''

''if pain must come, may it come quickly. because i have a life to live, and i need to live it in the best way possible. if he has to make a choice, may he make it now. then i will either wait for him or forget him. waiting is painful. forgetting is painful. but not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.''

'' would be better to die than to fail to love.''

''i think that God, in Her infinite wisdom, conceals hell in the midst of paradise - so that we will always be alert, so that we won't forget the pain as we experience the joy of compassion.''

''men always have their reasons but the fact is that they always wind up leaving.''

''if i have to fall, may it be from a high place.''

''love doesn't ask many questions, because if we stop to think we become fearful. it's an inexplicable fear; it's difficult even to describe it. maube it's the fear of being scorned, of not being accepted, or of breaking the spell. it's ridiculous, but that's the way it is. that's why you don't ask - you act. as what you've said many times, you have to take risks.''

''but sometimes if you think you know something, you do wind up understanding it.''

''was i trying to bind him even closer to me, or was i trying to set him free?''

''if we act quickly we'll be able to regain control.''

''men always have their reasons but the fact is that they always wind up leaving.''

''he was the first person i ever loved.''

''he has been present every day of my life - whether i wanted him there or not.''

''i wanted to tell him how much i loved him and how badly i wanted him at the moment. but i was silent.''

''i felt as if i had lived the same day over and over for years on end, waking up every morning in the same way, repeating the same words, and dreaming the same dreams.''

''i saw nothing - only the darkness that engulfed me.''

''it's easy to suffer because you love a person... that's the kind of suffering that you accept as a part of life; it's a noble, grand sort of suffering... but how to explain the suffering because of a man? it's not explainable. with that kind of suffering, a person feels as if tehy're in hell, because there is no nobility, no greatness - only misery.''

''everything that was most important in my life had been given so generously to me in the course of one week - and had been taken from me in a minute, without my having chance to say a thing.''

''but apparently this was not the time for me to d i was to go on living.''

''every story has a sad ending.''

''and i cried until there were no more tears.''

''love perseveres. it's men who change.''

''roads are made to be travelled.''

''you have to take risks. we will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. every day, God gives us... one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy.''

''yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times and we will experience many disappointments - but all of this is transitory; it leaves us no permanent mark. and one day, we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken.''

''pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned; perhaps she won't suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow.''

''it taught me that we can learn, and it taught me that we can change, even when it seems impossible.''

''it's a very simple sentence.. i love you.''

''sometimes an uncontrollable feeling of sadness grips us..''

''listen to your heart more.''

''i know you don't love me. but i'm going to fight for your love. there are somethings in life that are worth fighting fore to the end.''

''this is where i realized how much i needed you in my life.''

''we are our own greatest surprise.''

''one has to believe, accept and be willing to make mistakes.''

''i have always loved you... every road i traveled led back to you. i wrote leeters to you and opened every letter of yours afraid that you would tell me you had found someone.''

''i was afraid you had gone away. you are the most precious thing i have on this earth.''

''i am going to sit here with you by the river. if you go home to sleep, i will sleep in front of your house. and if you go away, i will follow you - until you tell me to go awa. then i'll leave. but i have to love you for the rest of my life.''

''i can read your eyes. i can read your heart. you are going to fall in love and suffer.''

''only a/man who is happy can create happiness in others.''

''...go there and resolve any doubts you may have.''

''and love always causes stupidity.''

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