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Quotes by Paulo Coelho

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Wikipedia Summary for Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho de Souza (, Portuguese: [ˈpawlu kuˈeʎu]; born 24 August 1947) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist, best known for his novel The Alchemist. In 2014, he uploaded his personal papers online to create a virtual Paulo Coelho Foundation.


Be a good person, but don't waste your time trying to prove it.



Avoiding problems you need to face is avoiding the life you need to live.



The person who loves wholeheartedly feels free.



Be ready to pay the price of your dreams. Free cheese can only be found in a mousetrap.



Although anxiety is part of life, never let it control you.



Important encounters are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other.



Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.



One day you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the things you've always wanted. Do it now.



Time heals almost everything. But when you are healed, you are too old to enjoy.



Love is, after all, a curse of suffering.



Don't forget: beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies.



Falling down is not defeat. Defeat is, when you refuse to get up.



The way up to the top of the mountain is always longer than you think. Don't fool yourself, the moment will arrive when what seemed so near is still very far.



Straight roads do not make skillful drivers.



It is not difficult to rebuild a life. All we need is to be aware that we have the same strength we had before, and to use it in our favor.



It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.

Longer Version:

It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them.



The cup of suffering is not the same size for everyone.



Be fully awake if you want to dream.



It is necessary to be humble in order to learn.



The boat is safer anchored at the port; but that's not the aim of boats.



Faith is not desire. Faith is will. Desires are things that need to be satisfied, whereas will is a force. Will changes the space around us.



Human beings can withstand a week without water, two weeks without food, many years of homelessness, but not loneliness.
It is the worst of all tortures, the worst of all sufferings.



There's nothing deeper than love. In fairy tales, the princesses kiss the frogs, and the frogs become princes. In real life, the princesses kiss princes, and the princes turn into frogs.



If you're brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.



It's always easy to blame others. You can spend your entire life blaming the world, but your successes or failures are entirely your own responsibility. You can try to stop time, but it's a complete waste of energy.



Writing means sharing. It's part of the human condition to want to share things thoughts, ideas, opinions.



The reward of our work is not what we get, but what we become.



Scars speak more loudly than the sword that caused them.



Why is patience so important? Because it makes us pay attention.



We can't choose our lives, but we can decide what to do with the joys or griefs we're given.



When we step out of our normal world and leave behind us all the usual barriers and prejudices, we tend to become more adventurous.



A Warrior does not go into battle without knowing the limitations of his ally.



If you really want to dream, be fully awake.



A miracle happened: another day of life.



Nothing wrong with appearing to be a fool, if what you are doing is intelligent.



Philosophy can't build bridges, but can encourage people to cross them.



And if I'm alone in bed, I will go to the window, look up at the sky, and feel certain that loneliness is a lie, because the Universe is there to keep me company.



I closed my eyes and let the music flow through me, cleansing my soul of all fear and sin and reminding me that I am always better than I think and stronger than I believe.



Faith is difficult to conquer and requires daily battles if it is to be maintained.



Join with those who sing songs, tell stories, enjoy life ... because happiness is contagious. Join those who walk with their heads high even when they have tears in their eyes. Avoid those who ... have never shed a tear.



All battles have some use, including those in which we were defeated.



Don't let anyone make you feel that you don't deserve the good things that happen in your life.



Keep the bicycle moving, because if you stop pedalling, you will fall off.



Beware of making a woman cry. God is counting her tears.



The warrior knows that he is free to choose his desires, and he makes these decisions with courage, detachment, and -- sometimes -- with just a touch of madness.



The devil is in the detail.



Knowledge is an illusion. Ecstasy is the true reality. Knowledge fills us with guilt. Ecstasy allows us to be one with he who is the Universe, before it existed, and after it has been destroyed.



Tell your story: yes, tell your story! Give your example. Tell everyone that it's possible, and other people will then have the courage to face their own mountains.



And I discovered something: the meaning of my life was whatever I wanted it to be.



When fate is very generous with us, there is always a well into which all our dreams can tumble.



Love is beyond time or rather love is both time and space but all focused on one single constantly evolving point-the Aleph.



Warriors always have a certain gleam in their eyes.



Love is the glue that keeps the stars in place.



There are moments when people are incapable of understanding happiness.



Infatuation was a good thing. It gave spice to life, and added to its enjoyment... But it was different from love. Love was worth everything, and couldn't be exchanged for anything.



Life is like cooking: before choosing what you love, try everything.



I'm proud of the scars in my soul. They remind me that I have an intense life.



In dire times you can lose joy, but you can't lose hope. Hope is your guide.



At any given moment in our lives, there are certain things that could have happened but didn't. The magic moments
go unrecognized, and then suddenly, the hand of destiny changes everything.



The completion is always more difficult that the beginning.



I think that if we look for love courageously, it reveals itself, and we wind up attracting even more love. If one person really wants us, everyone does. But if we're alone, we become even more alone. Life is strange.



I feel it's my duty as a human being, as a person who is trying -- like everybody else who thinks about the state of the world -- to enhance the importance of multicultural connection.



Omens are the individual language in which God talks to you. My omens are not your omens.



God has a prepared path for us to follow. We just have to read the omens he has left for us.



When there is no turning back, then we should concern ourselves only with the best way of going forward.



A shepherd may like to travel, but he should never forget his sheep.



Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.



It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think yours is the only path.



Everything depends on which path you take.



No project is completed until its objective has been achieved.



The enemy is only a pretext to test our strength.



When I had all the answers the questions changed.



I realised that you don't have to jump through a series of complicated hoops to achieve a goal.



Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public.



I think that, with age, people come to realize that death is inevitable. And we need to learn to face it with serenity, wisdom and resignation. Death often frees us from a lot of senseless sufferings.



I understand that everything is connected, that all roads meet, and that all rivers flow into the same sea.



Love does not ask many questions, because with thinking comes fear. This might be the fear of being scorned, of being rejected, or of breaking the spell. However ridiculous this may seem, that is how it is. This is why one does not ask, one acts.



God judges a tree by its fruits and not by its roots.



A responsible Warrior is not someone who takes the weight of the world on his shoulders, but someone who has learned to deal with the challenges of the moment.



Sin was not created by God; it was created by us when we tried to transform what was inevitable into something subjective.



One never knows what life may have in store for us, and it's always good to know where the emergency exit is.



Love is an act of faith in another person, not an act of surrender.



In a world where everyone struggles to survive whatever the cost, how could one judge those who decide to die?



When we want something, we have to have a clear purpose in mind for the thing that we want. The only reason for seeking a reward is to know what to do with that reward.



Do not try to explain feelings. Live everything intensely and treasure what you feel as a gift from God.



Happiness is just another of the tricks that our genetic system plays on us to carry out its only role, which is the survival of the species.



Sex was always surrounded by taboos, and I don't see it necessarily as a manifestation of evil. I think that sexuality is first and foremost the way that God chooses for us to be here on earth, to enjoy this energy of love in the physical plane.



Timidity puts obstacles in your path, boldness eliminates them.



I was very happy in both my marriages. I was unfaithful and so were they, just like any other normal couple.



There's no need for iron to be the same as copper, or copper the same as gold. Each performs it's own exact function as a unique being.



Defeat is for the valiant. Only they will know the honor of losing and the joy of winning.

Longer Version:

Defeat is for the valiant. Only they will know the honour of losing and the joy of winning
I am not here to tell you that defeat is a part of life: we all know that. Only the defeated know Love. Because it is in the realm of love that we fight our first battles -- and generally lose.
I am here to tell you that there are people who have never been defeated.
They are the ones who never fought.
They managed to avoid scars, humiliations, feelings of helplessness, as well as those moments when even warriors doubt the existence of God.''
Manuscript Found In Accra -- Paulo Coelho.



What makes people weak? Their need for validation and recognition, their need to feel important. Don't get caught in this trap.



Each human being has the right to seek out joy, joy being understood as something which makes one content -- not necessarily that which makes others content.



The great conquest is the result of small, unnoticed victories.



You can choose between being a victim of destiny or an adventurer who is fighting for something important.



A divided kingdom cannot defend itself from its adversaries. A divided person cannot face life in a dignified way.



If only everyone could know and live with their inner craziness. Would the world be a worse place for it? No, people would be fairer and happier.



Never miss an opportunity to show your love, especially to those close to you, because we are always at our most cautious with them for fear of being hurt.



What counts in a good story is the person inside. Keep it simple.



Never abandon your dreams. Follow the signs.



A man has to choose. This is where lies his strength: in the power of his decisions. If you choose to follow the path of your dreams, commit yourself to it. Accept your path.



I believe enlightenment or revelation comes in daily life. I look for joy, the peace of action. You need action. I'd have stopped writing years ago if it were for the money.



There is a language that is beyond words. If I can learn to decipher that language without words, I will be able to decipher the world.



Postpone joy, it will diminish. Postpone a problem, it will grow.



A search always starts with Beginner's Luck and ends with the Test of the Conqueror.



Walk firmly and with joy, without being afraid of stumbling. All your movements are being watched by your allies that will help you when necessary.



I'm first and foremost a writer. I followed my personal legend, my childhood dream of becoming a writer, but I can't say why I'm one.



Problems of the heart always bruised the soul.



We buy books, we go to gyms, we expend a lot of brain power on trying to hold back time, when we should be celebrating the miracle of being here in this world.



Use fear as an engine, not as a brake.



Scars are medals branded on the flesh, and your enemies will be frightened by them because they are proof of your long experience of battle.



Man needs to choose, not just accept, his destiny.



Leave your comfortable life and go in search of your kingdom.



I am living here and now. The blessing of my life is that I am totally concentrating on the present moment. And I want to be because there is nothing but the present moment.



Profound commitment to a dream does not confine or constrain: it liberates.
Even a difficult, winding path can lead to your goal if you follow it to the end.



People are all crazy... but the craziest are the ones who never allow themselves to be crazy.



Success is both an addiction and an enslavement.



An enthusiastic heart finds opportunities everywhere.



Attacking or fleeing are part of the struggle; being paralysed by fear is not.



There is always a gap between intention and action.


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