Sunday, March 12, 2017

Book Review: When the going gets tough

"Upon a day Beauty and Ugliness met on the shore of a sea. And they said to one another, “Let us bathe.” Then they disrobed and swam in the waters. And after a while Ugliness came back to shore and garmented himself with the garments of Beauty and walked his way.
And Beauty came out of the sea, and found not her raiment, and she was too shy to be naked, therefore she dressed herself with the raiment of Ugliness. And Beauty walked her way.
And to this very day men and women mistake the one for the other....."
This remarkable story attributed to Kahlil Gibran was more than enough to show the worth of this invaluable collection of proverbial one liners and make me take an immediate plunge. I found beauty at every turn of page, of 'When the going gets tough' by Frédérique Herel.
This anthology of inspiring thoughts is deeply touching, provoking, and every other line, a treasure worth holding. Like "If everything looks black, you probably have your eyes shut", or "If you never expect anything, you will never go away empty-handed", "Suicide: a permanent solution to a temporary problem" or “I am ready to forgive because I am tired of my own anger", author's collection of expressions kept me on the edge. Who cannot marvel at such a befitting adage like "If you wait to be happy, you will wait forever. If you are happy now, you will be happy forever". Whether as one liners, two liners or story snippets, this book is a collection of some of the most exalted adages, I have come across.

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