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Books are Mirrors: You Only See in Them What You Already Have Inside You

By: Iroshini Kalpage Program Development Officer Emerge Lanka Foundation


I love to read books. I am happy our girls reading books, too. After we got donated some books from Horizon, the girls were really happy. Reading makes me so much better! I hope it makes our girls better, too. Charles William Eliot said, “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

Last week I started reading the book, Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho. The book made me to think so much of life. It helped me to realize things. Paulo Coelho’s books The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes also make sense, but I really love Veronika Decides to Die.

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian author. Veronika Decides to Die tells the story of 24-year-old Slovenian Veronika, who decides to kill herself. I can feel me, you, the society, the world, and also our girls in this book.


Actually, there are some quotes in the book, that I really like. I like them so much that I would like to share these quotes with you, all are from Veronika Decides to Die:


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


“Be like the fountain that overflows, not like the cistern that merely contains.”


“Nothing in this world happens by chance.”


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


“You say they create their own reality,” said Veronika, “but what is reality?”


“She would consider each day a miracle – which indeed it is, when you consider the number of unexpected things that could happen in each second of our fragile existences.”

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