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Character of the week: Veronika

Author: Paulo Coelho

EN ESPANOL AQUI > Personaje de la semana: Veronika
EM PORTUGUES AQUI: Personagem da semana: Veronika

“I don’t know what to do. I only know that it’s taken me years to understand that life was pushing me in a direction I didn’t want to go in.”

“Some people always want to help others. Just so that they can feel better than they really are.”

“People never learn anything by being told, they have to findout for themselves.”

“There is alwayas a gap between intention and action.”

“Married couples think about sex only once a fortnight and transform that thought into action only once a month.”

“You have two choices, to control your mind or to let your mind control you.”

“An awareness of death encourages us to live more intensely.”

“You are someone who is different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else. And that in my view is a serious illness.”

“Live. If you live, God will live with you. If only everyone could know and live with their inner craziness…people would be fairer and happier.”


VERONIKA DECIDES TO DIE delicately etches this morose but ultimately uplifting story of the suicidal Veronika, who creeps along the boundary between life and death, sanity and madness, happiness and despair (Publisher’s Weekly)

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