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on my shelf ~ By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept…

“Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.”

                                        – Paulo Coelho’s “By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept”

This book is a journey. A poetic journey of rediscovering lost faith and love. It is a heartwarming rendezvous with one’s own demons and inner monsters, an encounter we all have faced but rarely acknowledged, therefore rarely won. A battle between you and the other. The other who I knew so much but never even recognized its presence until i read about it in this book. It was the other who make things complicated, difficult and impossible. And I think everybody, at one point in their lives, experienced and fought the said war and courageous are those who tried and won the battle. Reading this book was like a window opened for me to see life in a new perspective, a new understanding that gave life more meaning…

“I hope my words convey them as they are for I want you to see what I see inside, to feel these sensations invading my heart. There’s a surge of beautiful emotions, an eruption that freed me from something that held me back then, a clarity that swept away all those cobwebs that once inhabited my head, a realization that washed away all the bitterness that flowed through these veins. It is as if I’m willing to breathe again, to embrace my beautiful life again, to listen to my heart again and it says, I want to live and love.”

The story began when Pilar reunited with her childhood friend. Together they experienced love’s intricacies, conflicts and sufferings. Together they understood life’s meaning and miracles.

Read the pages of this book and be inspired by these beautiful and poignant words of the great Paulo Coelho.


“May my tears run as far (as the river merge with the sea), that my love might never know that one day I cried for him. May my tears run just as far, that i might forget.”


“We have to pay attention to what the child in our heart tells us. We should not be embarrassed by this child. We must not allow this child to be scared because the child is alone and almost never heard.”


“I wish I didn’t have to control my heart. If I could surrender, even if only for a weekend, this rain falling on my face would feel different. If love were easy, I would be embracing him now, and the words of his song would be our story… I’d want to stay drunk and be free to kiss him, caress him, say the things and hear the things that lovers say and do to each other.”


“But love is much like a dam: if you allow a tiny crack to from through which only a trickle of water can pass, that trickle will quickly bring down the whole structure, and soon no one will be able to control the force of the current.”


“I looked at the Other, there in the corner of the room—fragile, exhausted, disillusioned. Controlling and enslaving what should really be free: her emotions. Trying to judge her future loves by the rules of her past suffering.”


“We have to take love where we find it. Even if that means hours, days, weeks of disappointment and sadness.”


“The Other is always afraid of saying something that might sound silly.”


“Try to understand that I have broken things within myself that were much more important than a glass, and I’m happy I did. Resolve your own internal battle, and break the glass.”


“Love perseveres. It’s men who change.”


 “I am going to sit here with you by the river. If you go home to sleep, I will sleep in front of your house. And if you go away, I will follow you—until you tell me to go away. Then I’ll leave. But I have to love you for the rest of my life.”


“Dreams mean work.”


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