BY THE RIVER PIEDRA I SAT DOWN AND WEPT (BÊN BỜ SÔNG PIEDRA TÔI NGỒI KHÓC) – Paulo Coelho

I am glad to read this in Vietnamese version since its English version was poorly translated and hence it makes a quite number of readers could not catch its underlying message. Thanks to the Vietnamese translators who did it directly from Portuguese and compared to the English and German versions. I finished this book in 1 day, and the main idea: Let’s love! Love truly and to be loved fearlessly. I have a feeling that the author had experienced a revelation. I am madly in love with the title of this book.

“But ultimately there is no good reason for our suffering, for in every love lies the seed of our growth. The more we love, the closer we come to a spiritual experience. Those who are truly enlightened, those whose souls are illuminated by love, have been able to overcome all the inhibitions… They have been joyful — because those who love conquer the world and have no fear of loss. True love is an act of total surrender.”
“One doesn’t love in order to do what is good, or to help, or to protect someone. If we act that way, we are perceiving the other as an object, and we are seeing ourselves as wise and generous… To love is to be in communion with the other and to discover in that other the spark of God.”
This thing for sure happens in most relationships: a song attached to it.
“Chỉ khi ta chấp nhận tri thức chính mình nghiệm ra thì ta mới thực sự là kẻ hiểu và nắm được tri thức đó.”
We can move mountains. A beautiful metaphor from the New Testament (Kinh Tân ước).
“Ngày nay, tất cả các ngọn núi đã bị chinh phục… Song những cuộc phiêu lưu vĩ đại của tinh thần vẫn luôn còn đó.”

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