By Paulo Coelho, Margaret Jull Costa

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This is the story of Brida, a young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. She has long been interested in various aspects of magic but is searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom, who begin to teach Brida about the spiritual world. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest, who teaches her about overcoming her fears and trusting in This is the story of Brida, a young Irish girl, and...

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June 24th 2008 by HarperOne

(first published 1990)

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Quotes From "Brida"

"When she was a child, she would sometimes wake up in the
middle of the night, feeling terrified. Her father would carry her to the window and show her the town where they lived. He would
talk to her about the night watchmen, about the milkman who
would already be out delivering the milk, about the baker making
their daily bread. Her father was trying to drive out the monsters
with which she’d filled the night and replace them with the people
who kept watch over the darkness. “The night is just a part of the
day,” he would say.
The night is just a part of the day. Therefore she could feel
as safe in the dark as she did in the light. It was the dark that had
made her invoke that protective presence. She must trust it. And
that trust was called Faith. No one could ever understand Faith,
but Faith was what she was experiencing now, an inexplicable immersion in blackest night. It only existed because she believed in
it. Miracles couldn’t be explained either, but they existed for those
who believed in them."
"the path of
wisdom means not being afraid to make mistakes."
"Before our first lesson, I want to remind you of one thing,” he
said. “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.”
“Strange tools,” said Brida. “They often dissuade people from
carrying on."
"I just want to say one thing to you,” she said. “
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 that you won’t be able to stand a
world in which living is more important than
understanding, then give up magic now. The best
way to destroy the bridge between the visible and
the invisible is by trying to explain your emotions."
"There was I, like a thirty-eight-year-old adolescent, feeling
that someone desired me. He didn’t want me to leave. Then all
of a sudden, he stopped talking. He looked deep into my eyes
and smiled. It was as if he’d understood with his heart what I was
thinking, and wanted to tell me that it was true, that I was very
important to him. For some time, we said nothing, and then we
said good-bye. The mechanic had still not arrived.
“For many days, I wondered if that man really had existed, or
if he was an angel sent by God to teach me the secret lessons of
life. In the end, I decided that he had been a real man, a man who
had loved me, even if only for an afternoon, and during that afternoon, he’d given me everything he had kept to himself throughout his whole life: his struggles, his joys, his difficulties, and his
dreams. That afternoon I gave myself wholly as well—I was his
companion, his wife, his audience, his lover. In a matter of only a
few hours, I experienced the love of a lifetime."
"Thank you for listening to me. It’s the first time I’ve ever told
anyone that story. I was always afraid I might die without having
done so, and that it would be wiped forever from the face of the
Earth. Now you will keep it for me."
"Finding one important thing in life doesn't mean you have to give up all the other important things."

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