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Most Helpful Favorable Review

19 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

A wise man sits in a square taking questions about life on the e

A wise man sits in a square taking questions about life on the eve of his town's massacre by an invading army. His wisdom, delivered in simple yet profound sentences, can alter the course of your life. A must-read for anyone interested in living a courageous, loving, me...
A wise man sits in a square taking questions about life on the eve of his town's massacre by an invading army. His wisdom, delivered in simple yet profound sentences, can alter the course of your life. A must-read for anyone interested in living a courageous, loving, meaningful life. My favorite quotes:

23. Defeat ends when we launch into another battle. Failure has no end; it is a lifetime choice.

30. The act of discovering who we are will force us to accept that we can go further than we think.

31. .. saying no does not always show a lack of generosity, and that saying yes is not always a virtue.

40. 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 fro living." Ask the river: "Do you feel useful, given that all you do is keep flowing in the same direction?" And the river will answer: "I'm not trying to be useful; I'm trying to be a river." Nothing in this world is useless in the eyes of God.

41. Don't try to be useful. Try to be yourself; that is enough, and that makes all the difference. 

42. Do one thing: Live the life you always wanted to live. Avoid criticizing others and concentrate on fulfilling your dreams.

48. Dreaming carries no risks. The dangerous thing is trying to transform your dreams into reality.

53. "Difficulty" is the name of an ancient tool that was created purely to help us define who we are.

54. And to those who believe that adventures are dangerous, I say, try routine; that kills you far more quickly.

68. Because Enthusiasm is the Sacred Fire.

135. And may this lead us to behave impeccably, making use of the four cardinal virtues: boldness, elegance, love, and friendship.

146. Excessive caution destroys the soul and the heart, because living is an act of courage, and an act of courage is always an act of love."

151. Our soul is governed by four invisible forces: love, death, power, and time.

153. Therefore, what the future holds for you depends entirely on your capacity for love.

153. The greatest gift God gave us is the power to make decisions.

154. And precisely when everything seems to be going well and your dream is almost within your grasp, that is when you must be more alert than ever. Because when your dream is almost within your grasp, you will be assailed by terrible GUILT.

169: The wounded person should ask himself: "Is it worth filling my heart with hatred and dragging the weight of it around with me?"

177. On loyalty: And beware of the pain you can cause yourself by allowing a vile and cowardly heart to be part of your world. ONce the evil has been done, there is no point in blaming anyone: the owner of the house was the one who opened the door.

178. The most important of wars is not waged with a lofty spirit or a soul accepting of its fate. It is the war that is going on now, as we speak, and whose battlefield is the Spirit, where Good and Evil, Courage and Cowardice, Love and Fear face one another.

Surprisingly, I loved this book as much as I loved THE ALCHEMIST.

Brendon Burchard - #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE CHARGE and THE MILLIONAIRE MESSENGER.

posted by The_Real_Brendon_Burchard on April 2, 2013

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1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

I gave this book 3 stars because the life lessons are suitable f

I gave this book 3 stars because the life lessons are suitable for 15-19 year olds, perhaps young adults but it is too juvenile for adults.

posted by ebooks18 on April 3, 2013

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

    I gave this book 3 stars because the life lessons are suitable f

    I gave this book 3 stars because the life lessons are suitable for 15-19 year olds, perhaps young adults but it is too juvenile for adults.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    My daughter’s friend listed this as one of the 10 best books she had ever read. I had some doubt but I must say after reading this book I completely agree. I am now on my fourth book by Paulo Coelho. I find his writing inspiring and uplifting. I would recommend if you have not already read this book that you do soon as soon as possible. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    The Prophet Revisited

    First I have read about five of PC's books and so I was expecting this to be a novel. I didn't quite get why his name was on the book if it was a translation of the manuscripts. It would normally say edited by or translated by. As I have read "The Prophet," by Kahlil Gibran, years ago and found it much more poetic, I didn't see this as much different. It was more basic and less sarcastic then Krishnamurti but basically the same. I think this is more of a beginners book for someone who is new to self-awareness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    reflection

    It made me think of Kahlil Gibran and the following story.
    There was once a Master carpenter who had an apprentice. The apprentice was studious and in time was skilled. The Master though noted how the apprentice so carefully copied the Masters style and his every nuance from the way he carved the shapes he favored in the finishes for his pieces.
    So one day the Master carpenter took in a new project for an old customer, wrote a simple description for the piece onto a slip of paper, folded it over and wrote the apprentices name and the date he was to be back from a trip he was "suddenly" called away to take.
    The Master carpenter traveled to a distant cousin’s home who had over the years invited him to visit. While he enjoyed his cousin’s company he wondered what he would find when he returned to his shop. He knew his apprentice would be confused at first with the scant description and had hopes he had given him the opportunity to display his talents.
    So the day came for the Master to return to his shop. While on the way to the shop he ran into the customer whose piece he had left for his apprentice to make. The Master was anxious to see what his apprentice had produced.
    The apprentice was anxious and glad at the same time to see the Master and the customer walk in together. He straight away led them to the piece that was commissioned for the customer. The customer saw the piece and exclaimed "Master it is as if it were made with your hand!"
    The Master though was a bit saddened but did not show it but the apprentice could tell. After the customer left the apprentice approached the Master and said "Were you unhappy with the piece? You seemed a bit disappointed."
    The Master replied "I had hoped that the piece would reflect your hand but it is obvious you have only learned to reflect mine and not to express yours."

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

    Good story, but does not compare to the masterpieces of The Alchemist and The Zahir

    If you are a Paulo Coelho fan, this book does not even compare to his masterpieces, the alchemist, the Zahir, and eleven minutes. However, I enjoyed reading this book for what it is --- a story of Coptic wisdom and, as always, Coelho's beautifully written prose. This book on par with The Aleph, again beautifully written but missing something. A Manuscript Found in Accra, has hidden gems of ancient philosophy and wisdom across religious boundaries, but I feel like the author never gets to the point. Or maybe that is his point? Authors tend to forget that they do not have venture far to find their hero. When I read Coehlo, I expect to be taken to a lost land for an adventure -I did not experience this with Accra or Aleph. If this is your first time reading a Paulo Coehlo novel, I recommend The Zaire or The Alchemist. Just my opinion. Happy reading!

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    Posted May 10, 2013

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