Manuscript found in Accra has been one of my favorite reads in 2017. This book was written by Paulo Coelho, who is also the writer of the best-selling book “The Alchemist”. The Manuscript found in Accra has combined wisdom in a way that is not only thrilling but also soothing to the mind and soul and I could not stop myself from sharing some of the beautiful lines that I have adored and enjoyed.
“None of us can know what tomorrow will hold because each day has its good and its bad moments…Our task is not to leave a record of what happened on this date for those who will inherit the Earth, history will take care of that. We will speak, therefore, about our daily lives, about the difficulties we have had to face. That is all the future will be interested in because I do not believe very much will change in the next thousand years”.
“In the cycle of nature, there is no such thing as victory or defeat: there is only movement. The winter struggles to reign supreme, but, in the end, it is obliged to accept spring’s victory, which brings with it flowers and happiness. The summer would like to make its warm days last forever because it believes that warmth is good for the Earth, but in the end, it has to accept the arrival of autumn, which will allow the Earth to rest.”
“Wait patiently for the right moment to act. Do not let the next opportunity slip by you. Take pride in your scars. Scars are medals branded on the flesh, and your enemies will be frightened by them because they are proof of your long experience of battle.”
“Those who were never defeated seem happy and superior, masters of a truth they never had to lift a finger to achieve. They are always on the side of the strong. They’re like hyenas, who only eat the leavings of lions.”
“Without solitude, no plant or animal can survive, no soil can remain productive, no child can learn about life, no artist can create, no work can grow and be transformed. Solitude is not the absence of love, but its complement.”
“Don’t try to be useful. Try to be yourself: that is enough, and that makes all the difference.”
“Ask a flower in the field: ‘Do you feel useful? After all, you do nothing but produce the same flowers over and over.’ And the flower will answer: ‘I am beautiful, and beauty is my reason for living.”
“The people who really help others are not trying to be useful, but are simply leading a useful life. They rarely give advice, but serve as an example.”
“Small things are responsible for great changes.”
“We see that the mountains always stay in the same place. We see that fully grown trees, when transplanted, usually die. And we say: ‘We want to be like the mountains and the trees. Solid and respectable.’ Even though, during the night, we wake up thinking: ‘I wish I was like the birds, who can visit Damascus and Baghdad and come back whenever they want to.’ Or: ‘I wish I was like the wind, for no one knows where it comes from or where it goes, and it can change direction without ever having to explain why.’ The next day, however, we remember that the birds are always feeling from hunters and from larger birds; and that the wind sometimes gets caught up in a whirlwind and destroys everything around it.”
“It’s nice to dream that we will have plenty of time in the future to do our traveling and that, one day, we will travel. It cheers us up because we know that we are capable of doing more than we do. Dreaming carries no risks. The dangerous thing is trying to transform your dreams into reality.”
“We stop being the moonlight and become, instead, the pool of water reflecting it. Tomorrow, the water will evaporate in the sun. And all because, one day, someone said: ‘You are ugly.’ Or: ‘She is pretty.’ With those three simple words, they stole away all our self-confidence. And we become ugly and embittered.”
“Like the sun, life spreads its light in all directions. When we are born, we want everything at once and cannot control the energy we have been given. But, if we want to make a fire, we have to focus all the sun’s rays on one spot.”
“You think you’re heading towards a specific point, but the whole justification for the goal’s existence lies in your love for it. Rest a little, but as soon as you can, get up and carry on. Because ever since your goal found out that you were traveling towards it, it has been running to meet you.”
“Love transforms, love heals. But sometimes it lays deadly traps and ends up destroying the person who decided to surrender himself completely. How can the force that moves the world and keeps the stars in their places be, at once, so creative and so devastating?”
“With every farewell, comes a hidden hope”.
“Don’t give up. Remember, it’s always the last key on the key ring that opens the door.”