July 14, 1099. Jerusalem awaits the invasion of the crusaders who have surrounded the city’s gates. There, inside the ancient city’s walls, men and women of every age and every faith have gathered to hear the wise words of a mysterious man known only as the Copt. He has summoned the townspeople to address their fears with truth:“Tomorrow, harmony will become discord. Joy will be replaced by grief. Peace will give way to war. . . . None of us can know what tomorrow will hold, because each day has its good and its bad moments. So, when you ask your questions, forget about the troops outside and the fear inside. Our task is not to leave a record of what happened on this date for those who will inherit the Earth; history will take care of that. Therefore, we will speak about our daily lives, about the difficulties we have had to face.”The people begin with questions about defeat, struggle, and the nature of their enemies; they contemplate the will to change and the virtues of loyalty and solitude; and they ultimately turn to questions of beauty, love, wisdom, sex, elegance, and what the future holds. “What is success?” poses the Copt. “It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.”
“Scars speak more loudly than the sword that caused them.”
“Just as Love is the divine condition, solitude is the human condition. And for those who understand the miracle of life, those two states peacefully exist.”
“Nothing in this world is useless in the eyes of God. Not a leaf falls, not a hair from your head, not even an insect dies because it was of no use. Everything has a reason to exist.”
“…the correct path is the path of nature, which is constantly changing, like the dunes in the desert.”
You can watch Paulo Coelho discuss his book here. You can listen to Jeremy Irons read from it here. And you can win a hardback copy of your very own by leaving a comment below. I will post the winner’s name one week from today on April 5, 2013.
Random Sequence Generator has listed number 9 as the winning number; therefore, my copy will be sent to Parrish Lantern, as he was the 9th commenter on this post. Congratulations, Gary!