The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak

  • How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we.
  • (Talking about Baghdad in the 13th century) “This city is a gem, no doubt”, I said carefully. “But let us not forget that cities are like human beings. They are born, they go through childhood and adolescence, they grow old, and eventually they die. At this moment in time, Baghdad is in its late youth. We are not as wealthy as we used to be at the time of Caliph Harun ar-Rashid, though we can still take a measure of pride in being a center of trade, crafts, and poetry. But who knows what the citywill look like a thousand years from now? Everything might be different.”
  • Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighborhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful! It is easy tp be thankful when all is well. A Sufi is thankful not only for what he has been given but also  for all that he has been denied.
  • Each time I say good-bye to a place I like, I feel like I am leaving a part of me behind. I guess whether we choose to travel as much as Marco Polodid or stay in the same spot from cradle to grave, life is a sequence of births and deaths.
  • Moments are born and moments die. For new experiences to come to light, old ones need to wither away. Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?

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