The Power Of One By Bryce Courtenay

This book has made a big difference in my life, it has given me strength, empowerment, and inspiration. I believe that anyone that reads this book can find something to help them in their struggles as it has in my life. I just wanted to share quotes that I found thought provoking that I'd ponder about and liken to my life...

"The body can be broken by a whip but never the spirit..."

"The power of one - how I learned that in each of us burns a flame of independence that must never be allowed to go out. That as long as it exists within us we cannot be destroyed."

"I knew then that the person on the outside was only a shell, a presence to be seen and provoked. Inside was the real me, where my tears joined the tears of all the sad people to form the three waterfalls in the night country."

"You've got to be quick on your feet in this world if you want to survive. Though once you know the rules, it is not too hard to play the game."

"Sometimes the slightest things change the direction of our lives, the merest breath of a circumstance, a random moment that connects like a meteorite striking the earth. Lives have swiveled and changed direction on the strength of a chance remark."

"it is good to be a little frightened. It is good to respect your opponent . it keeps you sharp. In the fight game, the head rules the heart. But in the end the heart is the boss."

"sometimes in life, doing what we shouldn't do is the emergency..."

"You can't go feeding your hate on the past, it's just not natural."

"first with your head and then with the heart. ... I had the most important rule in winning keep thinking... It seemed certain now that small could beat big, all it took was brains and skill and heart and a plan."

" ... The power of one - one idea, one heart, one mind, one plan, one determination... My need to grow, my need to be assures that the world around me had not been specially arranged to bring about my undoing.. And with it he gave me hope"

"pride is holding your head up when everyone around you has theirs bowed. Courage is what make you do it."

"sadness has a season and will pass... But it isn't the season for sadness yet."

"... Listening is a good camouflage. I soon discovered that it is also an art. You learn not simply to listen to what people say. It's what people don't say that is important. If you listen hard enough you can hear the most amazing things going on behind the speaker's voice. Quite often there is a regular conniption going on."

"I was alone... The cords that bound me to the past had been severed. The emptiness was a new kind of loneliness, a free kind of loneliness. Not the kind that laid stone eggs deep inside of you until you filled up with heaviness and despair. I knew that when the bone-beaked birds returned I would be in control, master of loneliness and no longer its servant."
" the smile is used to hide the truth... But sadness, like understanding, comes early in life for some. It is part of intelligence."

"If God were a plant, I think He'd be a cactus. It has humility, but it is not submissive. It grows where no other plant will grow. It does not complain when the sun bakes it back or the wind tears it from the cliff or drowns it in the dry sand of the desert or when it is thirsty. When the rains come it stores water for the hard times to come. In good times and in bad it will still flower. It protects itself against danger, but it harms no other plant. It adapts perfectly to almost any environment. It has patience and enjoys solitude... The cactus has properties that heal the wounds of men and form it comes potions that can make man touch the face of God or stare into the mouth of hell. It is the plant of patience and solitude, love and madness, ugliness and beauty, toughness and gentleness."

" nothing is unexplained. Nature is a chain reaction. One thing follows the other, everything is dependent on something else. The smallest is as important as the largest."

" it is better to be wrong than simply to follow convention. If you are wrong, no matter, you have learned something and you will grow stronger. If you are right, you have taken another step toward a fulfilling life... The more you know, the more you can control your destiny."

"A man is only free when he is free in his heart."

" the greatest camouflage of all is consistency. If you do something often enough and at the same time in the same way, you become invisible"

" cleverness is a false presumption. .. Intelligence is a harder gift. For this you must work, you must practice it, and maybe toward the end of your life you will matter it. Cleverness is a shadow, whereas intelligence is the substance."

"the power of one is above all things the power to believe in yourself, often well beyond any latent ability you may have previously demonstrated. .. It meant thinking we'll beyond the powers of normal concentration and then daring your courage to follow your thoughts."

".. My fears of losing control of my destiny; how because I had camouflaged myself so well, I seemed now to be shaped and directed too much by the needs of others. How the power of one within me was being dissipated even though their purposes for me were not corrupt or ill-intentioned.. i had come to identify with my camouflage to the point where the masquerade had become more important than the truth."
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Jan 13, 2013