Book | Takeaways from Paulo Coelho’s book “Brida”

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I found myself spell bound while reading this book. It’s a real page turner and will drowned you into thinking of this beautiful Irish girl quest for wisdom and her pursuit of her destiny. Every page of this book is full of inspiration, powerful insights and encouragement to pursue the path you want. To be courageous, fearless and unstoppable as you take the road that will lead you to what you really want to be.

But as what Francis Bacon said, “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” There are some parts of this book that I don’t want to digest and put my heart into such as magic, witchcraft and sorcery which I strongly don’t believe. Nevertheless, I love how the writer weaved every situation in this book into a very heartening and moving tale, crafting it into a very beautiful masterpiece. Paulo Coelho is indeed a master storyteller. This book opens my mind to stop destroying path and denying what I really want to be, and to take a leap of faith to pursue what I am made for. I can’t help but to share the insights and powerful message I got from this book.

This book is the the story of Brida, a beautiful young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. On her journey she meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her about overcoming her fears, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world. They see in her a gift, but must let her make her own voyage of discovery.

As Brida seeks her destiny, she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to transform herself.

It is a moving tale of love, passion, mystery and spirituality. Be captivated with the story and read my favorite quotes from this book:

“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”

“Sometimes we set off down a path simply because we don’t believe in it. It’s easy enough. All we have to do then is prove that it isn’t the right path for us. However, when things start to happen and the path does reveal itself to us, we become afraid of carrying on.”

“People chose to spend their whole life destroying paths they didn’t even want to follow, instead of following the one path that would lead them somewhere.”

“When we set out on the path, we always have a fairly clear idea of what we hope to find. Women are generally seeking their Soulmate, and men are looking for Power. Neither party is really interested in learning. They simply want to reach the thing they have set as their goal.”

“The path of life is always will be the path of mystery. Learning something means coming into contact with a world of which you know nothing. In order to learn, you must be humble.”

“Everything in the Universe has life, and you must always try to stay in contact with that life. It understands your language. And the world will begin to take on a different meaning for you.”

“Magical places are always beautiful and deserve to be contemplated. Waterfalls, mountains and forests are all places where the Spirits of Earth tend to play and laugh and speak to us. You are in sacred place, and it is showing you the birds and the wind. Thank God for this, for the birds, the wind, and for the spirits who inhabits this wood. Always stay on the bridge between the visible and invisible.”

“The whole of man’s life on the face of Earth can be summed up by that search for his soulmate. He may pretend to be running after wisdom money or power, but none of that matters.  Whatever he achieves will be incomplete if he fails to find his soulmate.”

“Wisdom means to both know and to transform.”

“The more you understand yourself, the more you will understand the world.”

“Her past was grubby and neglected, and she felt sad to think that she’d never read any of these books before. Perhaps they contained important, long forgotten lessons that she could incorporate into her life.”

‘This is how the Tradition survives,’ said the Voices. ‘Because people are willing to die for an idea.’

“The Mercenaries had fought all their lives purely for money, until they met these people prepared to fight only for what they deemed to be right.”

‘Its the soldiers,’ said Talbo. ‘They know they could die at any moment, and that’s why, for them, life is one long celebration.’

“The Virgin has the power of both man and woman. She is condemned to solitude, but solitude reveals its secret. That is the price paid by the virgin–to need no one, to wear herself out in her love for others, and through solitude, to discover the wisdom of the world.”

‘And the Martyr,’ the Voices went on, ‘the Martyr has the power of those who cannot be harmed by pain and suffering. She surrenders herself, suffers and through sacrifice, discovers the wisdom of the world.’

“The Saint has the courage of those for whom giving is the only way of receiving. They are bottomless well from which people can constantly draw water to drink. And if the well runs dry, the Saint offers her blood so that others need never go thirsty. Through surrender, the Saint discovers the wisdom of the world.”

“The best way to to destroy the bridge between the visible and the invisible is by trying to explain your situation.”

“Don’t bother trying to explain your emotions. Live everything as intensely as you can and keep whatever you felt as a gift from God. If you think you wont be able to stand a world in which living is more important than understanding, then give up now.”

“She wasn’t afraid of difficulties; what frightened her was being forced to to choose one particular path. Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others. She had a whole life to live and she was always thinking that, in the future, he might regret the choices she made now.”

“She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none.”

“She feared pain, loss and separation. These things were inevitable in the path to love, and the only way of avoiding them was by deciding not to take the path at all. In order not to suffer, you had to renounce love. It was like putting out your own eyes on order not to see the bad things in life.”

“Life is so complicated. You had to take risks, follow some path and abandon others.”

“Perhaps the times when it goes wrong are teaching you something.”

‘Nothing in this world is ever completely wrong, my dear,’ said her father, looking at the clock. ‘Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.’

“Only the truly enlightened have silent souls.”

“Judging oneself to be inferior to other people was one of the worst acts of pride he knew, because it was the most destructive way of being different.”

“When you set off along the path of magic, the first thing you do is surrender yourself to a greater power, for you will encounter things that you will never understand.”

“Any search is an act of faith.”

“But God, who is far harder to understand than a Dark Night, appreciates our act of faith, and takes out hand and guides us through the mystery.”

“But she couldn’t change her mind now; she knew the path to follow, and she must follow it to the end. She knew that if she gave up now, she would find it harder and harder to make any choices in life.”

“The came the moment to start to learn new things. That is called Initiation, because that is where you will truly start to learn new things you need to learn in this life.”

“And knowledge without transformation is not wisdom.”

“Never stop having doubts. If you ever do, it will be because you’ve stopped moving forward, and at that point, God will step in and pull the rug from under your feet, because that is His way of controlling His chosen ones, by making sure they always follow their appointed path to the end. If, for any reason, we stop, whether out of complacency, laziness, or out of a mistaken belief that we know enough. He forces us on.”

“You must be careful never to allow doubt to paralyze. Always take the decisions you need to take, even if you’re not sure doing the right thing. You’ll never go wrong if, when you make a decision.”

“Play your part and dont worry about what others do. Believe that God also speaks to them, and that they are as engaged as you are in discovering the meaning of life.”

“We are all sailors on an unknown sea; may He makeus brave enough to accept this Mystery.”

“The main objective of the great Architect of the Universe is known to Him alone, and to no one else.”

“Once we’ve got over that initial fear, however, we gradually become accustomed to the only possible solution: to follow our dreams. Having the courage to take the steps we always wanted to take is the only way of showing that we trust in God.”

“The only way they could truly participate was by following their own desires, their own dreams, because that is how man becomes an instrument of God.”

“What is now proved was once only imagined.”

“We are all masters of our own destiny. We can so easily make the same mistakes over and over. We can so easily flee from everything that we desire and which life so generously places before us.”

“Soulmates always find each other in the end.”

“Finding one important thing in your life doesn’t mean you have to give up all the other important things.”

“The Universe was exactly where it should be.”

“Being human means having doubt and yet still continuing on your path.”

“The answer was there before her, in that man nailed to the cross. He had played his part, and shown to the world that, if everyone played their part, no one else would have to suffer, because he had suffered for all those who’d had the courage to fight for their dreams.”

“Each person was obliged to learn what he needed to learn and not merely what he wanted to learn.”

“The Hand of God always guides those who follow their path with faith.”

“Simple things always seem so complicated.”

“You have found your path. Few people have the courage to do so. They prefer to follow a path that is not their own. Everyone has a gift, but they choose not to see it. You accepted yours, and your encounter with your gift is your encounter with the world.”

“You can only be close to people if you’re one of them.”

‘Life is about making mistakes,’ said the teacher. ‘Cells went on reproducing themselves in exactly the same way for millions of years, until one of them made a mistake, and introduced change into that endless cycle repetition.’

‘Never be ashamed.’ he said. ‘ Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted, some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle. You can only know a good wine if you have first tasted a bad one.’

“Brave are those who make decisions despite their fear, who are tormented by the devil ever step of the way and gripped by anxiety about their every action, wondering if they are right or wrong. And yet, nevertheless, they act.”

Thanks for reading! I hope you get a dose of inspiration! I typed every single letter in this post! 🙂

26 thoughts on “Book | Takeaways from Paulo Coelho’s book “Brida”

  1. maria says:

    Great review, Grace. I have always admired his works and have not read one that I hated. He really is a master storyteller. I love how he weave facts about life and mankind’s attitude in his books. I remember when I was reading his “The Devil and Miss Prym”, I felt a tinge of fear for mankind because the book does reflect our wavering faith and greed.

    And I completely agree with you, there are parts of a book (not just Coelho’s) that I didn’t want to digest and put into my heart, too. 🙂

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    • simplygracelyn says:

      I haven’t read “The Devil and Miss Prym” yet Maria. Actually, I have read this book Brida a couple of years ago. I just decided to share this book when I saw it on my shelf and read the remarkable highlighted quotes I love. But some parts I definitely don’t like. It’s true indeed that “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” (Francis Bacon)

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      • maria says:

        I haven’t read Brida, too. But now that you mentioned it, I’m gonna add it in my to-read list. The Devil and Miss Prym is a reflective and mind-opening read (for me). Same goes for his Eleven Minutes. Although I always exert an extra effort to have an open mind to mankind’s cruelties and life’s realities whenever I read his books, it’s always refreshing to read something thought-provoking like his works. 🙂

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      • simplygracelyn says:

        I try to balance the books I read just to make sure that my growth is holistic. While my main focus is the bible, I made it a goal to be knowledgeable in other areas. I’m open minded but I make sure that my faith is firm and not easily shaken before taking a courageous act to read other literary works contrary to what I believe in. hehe 🙂 It’s nice to have someone like you to share my insights with the books I read. Looks like you’re very knowledgeable in a lot of areas Maria. I’m so happy 🙂

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      • maria says:

        Wow… I admire that a lot from you Grace. I, myself, am still working on improving my close relationship with Him and reading the bible has been my morning pill. I would love to hear your insights on The Devil and Miss Prym one day. There was a point when I had to ask myself, “What choice would I make if I was her?”

        I’ll be looking forward to more insightful posts from you. 🙂

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  2. aysabaw says:

    lam mo ba dati fan ako ni Paolo C. as in sunod-sunod kong binasa yung By The River Piedra…., The Witch of Portobello, Veronika Decides to Die at ewan ko kung ano pa haha but don’t ask me di ko na maalala mga storya ha ha, tapos pagdating sa Brida, biglang parang na wriduhan ako sa konsepto ewan ko ba…pero salamat sa pagsusulat ng quotes…eto pinakanagustuhan ko

    ‘Its the soldiers,’ said Talbo. ‘They know they could die at any moment, and that’s why, for them, life is one long celebration.’

    ‘Never be ashamed.’ he said. ‘ Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted, some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle. You can only know a good wine if you have first tasted a bad one.’

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    • simplygracelyn says:

      Wow! Thanks for leaving a comment. At first ganyan naramdaman ko pero kinuha ko lang yung part na may substance. Nag strike kasi sakin agad ung mga quotes about choosing path. Hindi maganda ang plot ng story pero yung thought at wisdom ung maganda. Nabasa ko na din ung By the River Piedra.. maganda din sya na medyo weird nga lang din. haha

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      • aysabaw says:

        Hahaha so hindi lang pala ako ang naka sense ng weirdness…feeling ko non pag may isa pang libro nya ang nabasa ko ay magkaron nako ng magical powers lol…pero oo maganda nga quotes

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      • simplygracelyn says:

        Correct ka jan. Kahit noon pa man hindi talaga ako fan ng fantasy, magic, sorcery at witchcraft. Magaling kasi si Paulo Coelho mag weave ng story about pursuing your dreams, life’s journey and ‘sometimes’ spirituality. Na hook ako nung HS sa The Alchemist , ung ibang books nya, need lang talaga ifilter 🙂

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      • aysabaw says:

        Minsan nga iniisip ko, hindi kaya may powers talaga si Paulo? Hahaha pero may mga punto naman talaga sya. Nakakagoosebumps nga lang minsan pag may halo nang mystical chuva eh

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      • simplygracelyn says:

        Truelaloo ka jan pero I doubt kung meron. Ang dami na kasing literary works ngaun, ginawa nya unique yung writing style nya para mag stand out 🙂 And in fairness, best selling author!


    • simplygracelyn says:

      This book is full of wisdom and the quotes here are worth sharing. I have a habit of highlighting the quotes I love and I make it a goal now to type it one at a time while reading so it wont be too much work 🙂


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