Veronika Decides to Die- Words & Quotes

Words from Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho: 

  • indelible- permanent
  • strident- loud and harsh
  • peccadillo- a small, relatively unimportant offense
  • anarchic- with no controlling rules or principles to give order
  • surreptitious- kept secret, perhaps in fear of disapproval
  • occultism- supernatural belief
  • presentiment- an intuitive feeling about the future
  • intransigent- unwilling to change one’s view or agree on something
  • dervish- a member of a Muslim (specifically Sufi) religious order who has taken vows of poverty and austerity
  • coprolalia- the obsessive use of obscene language
  • aberration- a deviation from the normal
  • incipient- beginning to exist

Quotes from Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho:

“Nothing in this world happens by chance.”

“…life was always about waiting for the right moment to act.”

“In a world where everyone struggles to survive whatever the cost, how could one judge those people who decide to die? / No one can judge. Each person knows the extent of their own suffering or the total absence of meaning in their lives.”

“People will always consider us a happy couple, and no one will know how much solitude, bitterness, and resignation lies beneath the surface happiness.”

“And it has nothing to do with what you can see happening in my body; it’s what’s happening in my soul.”

“…a lot of people she knew would talk about the horrors in other people’s lives as if they were genuinely trying to help them, but the truth was that they took pleasure in the suffering of others, because that made them believe they were happy and that life had been generous with them.”

“Anyone who lives in her own world is crazy.”

“I’ve never been depressed, never felt great joy or sadness, at least none that lasted. I have the same problems as everyone else.”

“There is no perhaps, because there is no choice.”

“…people never learn anything by being told; they have to find out for themselves.”

“I’ll just say that insanity is the inability to communicate your ideas… And all of us, one way or another, are insane.”

“Poets loved the full moon; they wrote thousands of poems about it, but it was the new moon that Veronika loved best because there was still room for it to grow, to expand, to fill the whole of its surface with light before its inevitable decline.”

“Looking up at the sky, she had an indescribable sense of well-being, as if the infinite nature of the universe had revealed her own eternity to her.”

“How can I hate someone who only ever gave me love?”

“The music could penetrate even his remote world, more distant than the moon itself; it could even perform miracles.”

“I should have been crazier.”

“Everyone is indeed crazy, but the craziest are the ones who don’t know they’re crazy; they just keep repeating what others tell them to.”

“He set a trap, perhaps because he, Almighty God, was also bored with everything going so smoothly.”

“God was there, and yet people believed they still had to go on looking, because it seemed too simple to accept that life was an act of faith.”

“Basically everything that happens in our life is our fault and ours alone…We looked for the easiest way out: a separate reality.”

“When I came here, I was deeply depressed. Now I’m proud to say I’m insane.”

“…normality is merely a matter of consensus; that is, a lot of people think something is right, and so that thing becomes right.”

“You’re someone who is different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else. And that, in my view, is a serious illness.”


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