Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Fifth Mountain

I am an avid reader, but I must admit that recently my reading habits have become wierd.Never in my life I have left a book in between just to start another one. And this time I have some 4-5 books which are half read.

Right now there are a number of books I’m struggling to finish reading but still I finished The Fifth Mountain one before everything else because a borrowed book has to be returned and its relatively shorter than the others. And of course I did like it (though didn’t loved it completely as The Alchemist by the same author)

I am not going to post a review or a summary of the book, but instead some really thought provoking lines from the book. Hoping these lines will help you scale your mountain

When we delay the harvest, the fruit rots. But when we delay resolving problems, they continue to grow. Learn something.

At this moment, many people have stopped living. They do not become angry, nor cry out; they merely wait for time to pass. They did not accept the challenge of life, so life no longer challenges them. You are running the same risk; react, face life, but do not stop living.

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.

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.

Take advantage of the chance that tragedy has given you; not everyone is capable of doing so.

The greatest wisdom is blinded by the glare of vanity.

Make whatever decision you wish but never forget one thing: all of you are much better than you believed.



Nirav said...


I haven't read that one. Let me know if it borrow-able again. Hope you have read 'Veronika decides to die' and 'Eleven Minutes'. Very thought provoking. Even 'The Devil and Miss Prym' is good, but drags on for a while.

I ultimately quit reading 'The Monk...' after reading about 80 pages. Quite a rare thing for me, but couldn't stand the innovative language and repetitive descriptions of Julian's sage-like appearance.

Oh, btw, me too keeping a lot of books half-read. But something that's worked for me is not starting a new book until I finish the pending ones. Try it out. May help you too.

Niks said...


Can you please remove that Scratch Pad from your blog. Its giving that password error which is very irritating.

Neo said...

@Nirav - Or better borrow books which you need to return in a week and u will be compelled to finish it if its interesting or just leave it forever

@Niks - hey i have removed it long back. Please check again and let me knw if its happening. and thanks for reading my posts

Prashant Karkera said...

I liked the first one ... Problems really grow fast if not resolved in time. Should be taken care off than any other..

jolly gabriel said...

I have been recommended to read The Zahir - Though after The Alchemist, I find it difficult to go on reading another Paulo Coelho book,

Neo said...

@ Jolvin - it seems u didnt liked The Alchemist. - n e reason>?

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