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Elegance by Paulo Coelho

Just wanted to share this wonderful reading with all of you!!!
All words by my favorite author, Paulo Coelho.

Elegance tends to be mistaken for superficiality and mere appearance.
Nothing could be further from the truth: some words are elegant, others can wound and destroy, but all are written with the same letters.

Flowers are elegant, even when hidden among the grasses in a meadow. The gazelle when it runs is elegant, even when it is fleeing from a lion.
Elegance is not an outer quality, but a part of the soul that is visible to others.

And even when passions run high, elegance does not allow the real ties binding two people to be broken.
Elegance lies not in the clothes we wear, but in the way we wear them.
It isn’t in the way we wield a sword, but in the dialogue we hold that could avoid a war.

Elegance is achieved when, having discarded all superfluous things, we discover simplicity and concentration; the simpler the pose, the better; the more sober, the more beautiful.

And what is simplicity? It is the coming together of the true values of life.
Snow is pretty because it has only one colour.
The sea is pretty because it appears to be a flat plane.
The desert is beautiful because it seems to consist only of sand and rocks.

The simplest things in life are the most extraordinary. Let them reveal themselves.
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taken from THE MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN ACCRA

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6 thoughts on “Elegance by Paulo Coelho

  1. Bitter tears of disappointment are streaming out of my eyes because I thought that I was your favourite author :-(( Anyway for once Cohello hit the nail in the head by saying that the ultimate elegance is in simplicity. Simplicity is the very soul of elegance and the key to everything because it takes away all that is useless, complicated, distracting and superfluous leaving only what is useful and essential. Unfortunately in an age like our of overabundance and of material excesses it’s very difficult to appreciate its value. I wonder if Paulo wrote it after having spied on me :-))

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    • hahaha! Please do not be jealous! I just met you now! I think I am slowly replacing him, the more you write and the more I see your comments. You are for sure full of wisdom and inspiration too!!!! You are one of my favorites!!!!

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  2. I love this. It’s so beautiful. I just finished reading “The Alchemist.” Have you read it? It’s wonderful. I think he captures the complicity he’s talking about here in his writing. It’s never boring, but elegantly focused, and beautifully simple. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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