Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Lessons



“Thou knowest not where of thou speakest” the angel said.”

“There is no tragedy only the avoidable.Everything has its reason for being. Thou needest only distinguish what is temporary from what is lasting”

What is temporary?” asked Elijah

“The unavoidable.”

“And what is lasting?”

“The lessons of the unavoidable.”

-Paulo Coelho.( The Fifth Mountain)

13 comments:

clash said...

The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.

manu said...

there are no lessons, nobody learns, and the history is all about repetitions. the same old mistakes, the same old greed and the same old foolishness. the only thing eternal is this moment, the day we are living in.

Nomadic said...

There are lessons that not many learn.

Sadly What you may know is different from what you feel.
Can you alter an instinct.. a reaction? How much can you bend, hide or manipulate it?
Theres little left to say.
Can everything make sense? should I?

Parna said...

i somehow find Coelho a little too preachy for my palette.

Jithu said...

havent read this book myself. but the alchemist and eleven minutes were awesome reads!

hope and love said...

i feel you hav to read Paulo Coheo's books several times to grasp all the messages he wants to give..
I have read the 'Fifth Mountain' only once and it as this dialogue that impressed me the most.

Geo said...

i agree on that 'multy read' part...

when i was half way thru Alchemist, i felt like throwing the book out of the window... i think now i have gone thru it 5 times or more.

Jo said...

I'm reading Alchemist only now. :-)

the-think said...

And maybe the lessons of the unavoidable make many others avoidable :)
but whats life without these harsh lessons, eh. i've always somehow believed in learning things the hard way :)

Jithu said...

doc, u hv one more reason to take the quiz tagged by geo.. i also tagged u :-)

Atul Sabnis said...

Did Richard Bach come first or did Paulo Coelho? Or they are some sort of spirit-brothers:

RB said in Illusions, "There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts."

I really hope they are spirit-brithers. :)

Hi, bloghopped here from a few seasons...

Atul Sabnis said...

er...*brothers

Geo said...

man, illusions is simply superb.
it should be treated as a classic.