The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

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One day I visited my favorite bookstore when my eyes captured the word “Forty Rules of Love” at that moment I told myself “hey, this is it”. I mean I don’t know about the story nor recognized the author but because of the word LOVE is one thing I’ve been looking for, for quiet sometime.

Love is something like a past tense to me. It’s like its been so long that I can no longer remember how it felt. That’s why all these years I’ve been looking for something or someone who could let me taste how to fall in love again and to remind myself that love still exist because honestly I’ve been losing it.

When I laid my eyes and hands on this book I never let it go. Not even when I finished reading it.

There are forty rules in this book as what the title says. Yes there are forty. But I won’t give you that forty rules  but instead I would share some context in the book in which applies to me and I think would applies to everyone else, I hope so.

Here it is…

– Woman don’t marry the man they fall in love with.
– Love is only a sweet feeling bound to come and quickly go away.
– Most of the time, we have to read books that have nothing to do with our lives.
– Not all people open their hearts to love.
– There is a thin line between losing yourself to God and losing your mind.
– What is the point of roaming the world when it’s the same misery everywhere?
– The more you talked about love, the more they hated you.
– How could people be naïve enough to expect love to open every door for them?
– Human beings tended to disparage what they couldn’t comprehend.
– Make your heart your primary guide, not your mind.
– Mewt challenge, and ultimately prevail over your nafs with your heart.
– Love find you when you least expect, where you least expect.
– Treasures are hidden among ruins. A broken heart hides treasures.
– For a new self to be born, hardships is necessary.
– Love can only be perfected in pain.
– The quest for love change us.
– The moment you start looking for love, you change within and without.
– There are more fake gurus and false teachers in this world than the number of stars in the visible universe.
– Filth is inside, not outside.
– Some people feed on the miseries of others and they don’t like it when there is one less miserable person on the face of the earth.
– Life is so strange.
– The past is a whirlpool. If you let it dominate your present moment, it will suck you in.
– Time is just an illusion.
– Do not go with the flow. Be the flow.
– No two people are alike. No two heart beats to the same rhythm.
– Not ever word is fit for every ear.
– In every thing that we do, it is our hearts that make the difference, not our outer appearance.
– If a man has no sense of belonging, he can drift in any direction, like a dry leaf in the world.
– Our task is not to interpret God’s teachings but to obey them.
– To live meant to constantly shift colors.
– Women can’t help their curiosity; It is in their nature.
– Love cannot be explained. It can only be experienced.
– Love cannot be explained, yet it explains all.
-The past is an interpretation. The future is an illusion. The world does not move through time as if it were a straight line, proceeding from the past to the future. Instead time moves through and within us, in endless spirals.
– Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness.
– The present moment is all there is and all that there ever will be.
– Your destiny is the level where you play your tune. You might not change your instrument but how well to play is entirely in your hands.
– In love boundaries are blurred.
– If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved   enough.
– Where there is love, there is bound to be heartache.

One thing I learn about this book. I learn to let go.

This book will teach us things about Love. But learnings will only be achieved if we knew how to accept the truth.

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