The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho

The book shares the same theme as ‘The Alchemist’, the theme of the quest, seen as a journey that takes the main character far from his own country. ‘The Fifth Mountain’ begins with a reference to ‘The Alchemist’ and the author repeats the central idea of his first book: `when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it’. The book can be considered a sequel, although the content is different.

I loved the following quotes:
– All life’s battles teach us something, even those we lose…. you’ll discover that you have defended lies, deceived yourself, or suffered for foolishness. If you’re a good warrior, you will not blame yourself for this, but neither will you allow your mistakes to repeat themselves.

– There are moments when God demands our obedience. But there are moments in which He wishes to test our will and challenges us to understand His love.

– There is no tragedy, only the unavoidable. Everything has its reason for being: you only need to distinguish what is temporary from what is lasting. What is temporary?… The unavoidable… and what is lasting?… The lessons of the unavoidable.

– A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.

– Sadness does not last forever when we walk in the direction of that which we always desired.

Published in: on May 12, 2005 at 3:44 pm  Comments (10)  

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  1. i like those quotes

  2. wana kaman awi🙂 the book is real good.

  3. I guess, after reading these quotes, we should know why Ceolho is so enthusiastically read worldwide!

  4. yup, you are absolutely right.

  5. This book is so close to my heart. It has been (and continues to be) a source of strength in my life. Can’t thank Coelho enough for writing this book.

  6. nice quotes
    especially: “- A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”.
    I really consider that if we can keep these, we’ll have lots of good things happening in our adult lives…

  7. I LOVED the Fifth Mountain as much as The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage. This story of prophet Elijah was particularly inspiring and has left quite an impression on me in the months after reading it. Coehlo’s signature simplicity made this a wonderful, easy read too. Very enjoyable & very highly recommended.

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  9. The life of Elijah gives us motivation and deep lessons of highest order as this man flees from his country, barely escapes death, goes to a hostile place, lives and wins their people, witnesses the destruction of the very place that gave him shelter and then rebuilds that place and still has to power to move on and do what the Lord orders him to do. In our lives we are boggled down by small things and in each of such situations we curse god and ask him why he has given us such a difficulty but reading this novel we come to learn that we should never accept defeat and everything that happens is for good. At current times it may seem bad but in the bigger scheme of things God has planned everything good for us.

  10. His words have so much of meaning hidden….i am on a mission to read all his works..I just finished “Fifth mountain” yesterday and now enjoying the book “Like the flowing river”


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