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10 Best Quotes From The Devil And Miss Prym

Are humans by nature good or evil? Why do we give in to temptations and how far can we go? These are some of the questions that a strange character seeks to address. He offers a grand temptation: bars of gold, to a community in return of a grand sin: murder.

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The devil smiles by his side as the village people kick aside their moral standings to justify a cold-blooded murder. It is at this point that a young barmaid takes her stand in favor of the right thing. She de-escalates the situation with a mixture of rational and spiritual arguments, and prevents the realization of an ultimate sin. Here are my picks for the most inspiring quotes from The Devil and Miss Prym:

People want to change everything and, at the same time, want it all to remain the same.”

“Because you believed I was capable of behaving decently, I did.”

“So you see, Good and Evil have the same face; it all depends on when they cross the path of each individual human being.”

“About the nature of human beings. I discovered that confronted by temptation, we will always fall. Given the right circumstances, every human being on this earth would be willing to commit evil.”

“Life can seem short or life can seem long, depending on how you live it.”

“I think that, with age, people come to realize that death is inevitable. And we need to learn to face it with serenity, wisdom and resignation. Death often frees us from a lot of senseless sufferings.”

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready.”

“Fear again. If you want to control someone, all you have to do is to make them feel afraid.”

“The story of one person is the story of all of humanity.”

“You’re a man who has suffered and wants revenge,’ she said. ‘Your heart is dead, your soul is in darkness. The devil by your side is smiling because you are playing the game he invented.”

Crises that rage on throughout the world today are a result of man’s tendency to give in to temptations. These temptations draw us away from morality and spirituality. In a world dictated by rational beliefs, it is only spirituality that keeps us human. We can always step up and do the right thing, just like Miss Prym.

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Learning from “Veronica Decides to Die”

Death is the only isle of certainty in the uncertain waters of life. No matter where life takes us, death delivers everyone to the same fate. The harder part of life is living while knowing that death lurks everywhere around us. We can hide this feeling by burying ourselves with routine, but that was not the case with Veronica. Paulo Coelho’s rendition of a young woman who feels like she’s lived enough, only to realize that she did not “live” at all, is a perfect inspiration for readers. It is very easy to miss out on things, to ignore blessings, and to leave doors unopened. Life is an opportunity to explore, to find love, and cherish it, to make new goals every day, and to live each day as if it were your last.

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The Brazilian author perfectly portrays the struggle of the unwary girl to live on, against all odds, when she finds a reason to. I was gripped by the stunning narrative and learned a great deal from the book. Here are my picks for the top ten learning moments from “Veronica Decides to Die”:

  1. “People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.”
  2. “You have two choices, to control your mind or to let your mind control you.”
  3. “Nothing in this world happens by chance.”
  4. “Stop thinking all the time that you’re in the way, that you’re bothering the person next to you. If people don’t like it, they can complain. And if they don’t have the courage to complain, that’s their problem.”
  5. “Collective madness is called sanity…”
  6. “I want to continue being crazy; living my life the way I dream it, and not the way the other people want it to be.”
  7. “Be like the fountain that overflows, not like the cistern that merely contains.”
  8. “Many people don’t allow themselves to love…because there are a lot of things at risk a lot of future and a lot of past.”
  9. “Death frees from the fear of dying.”
  10. “The danger of an adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.”

The book endorses “craziness” or acting on your instincts. So what if you make mistakes, if you’re not like the rest, or if you can’t do things a certain way? Are we all meant to be alike? Who doesn’t make mistakes, who has never made a fool out of themselves? Should we stay caged out of the fear of doing something stupid? It is having the courage to accept your uniqueness and living with it that counts. In the end, nothing else will matter but a life unlived. Live your life, you deserve it and give this book a read, you won’t regret it.


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