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Paulo Coelho

(1947 - )

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    Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist

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    A boy and a girl were insanely in love with each other, my mother?s voice was saying. They decided to become engaged. And that?s when presents are always exchanged. The boy was poor?his only worthwhile possession was a watch he?d inherited from his grandfather. Thinking about his sweetheart?s lovely hair, he decided to sell the watch in order to buy her a silver barrette. The girl had no money herself to buy him a present. She went to the shop of the most successful merchant in the town and sold him her hair. With the money, she bought a gold watchband for her lover. When they met on the day of the engagement party, she gave him the wristband for a watch he had sold, and he gave her the barrette for the hair she no longer had.
    A boy was watching his grandmother write a letter. At one point he asked: ?Are you writing a story about what we?ve done? Is it a story about me?? His grandmother stopped writing her letter and said to her grandson: I am writing about you, actually, but more important than the words is the pencil I?m using. I hope you will be like this pencil when you grow up.? Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil. It didn?t seem very special. ?But it?s just like any other pencil I?ve ever seen!? ?That depends on how you look at things. It has five qualities which, if you manage to hang on them, will make you a person who is always at peace with the world.? ?First quality: you are capable of great things, but you must never forget that there is a hand guiding your steps. We call that hand God, and He always guides us according to His will.? ?Second quality: now and then, I have to stop writing and use a sharpener. That makes the pencil suffer a little, but afterwards, he?s much sharper. So you, too, must learn to bear certain pains and sorrows, because they will make you a better person. ?Third quality: the pencil always allows us to use an eraser to rub out any mistakes. This means that correcting something we did is not necessarily a bad thing; it helps to keep us on the road to justice.? ?Fourth quality: what really matters in a pencil is not its wooden exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.? ?Finally, the pencil?s fifth quality: it always leaves a mark. in just the same way, you should know that everything you do in life will leave a mark, so try to be conscious of that in your every action
    A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires… A teacher isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows… A disciple... can never imitate his guide's steps. You have your own way of living your life, of dealing with problems, and of winning. Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.
    A disciple... can never imitate his guide's steps. You have your own way of living your life, of dealing with problems, and of winning. Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.
    A divided kingdom cannot defend itself from its adversaries. A divided person cannot face life in a dignified way.
    A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.
    A flower is not better when it blooms than when it is merely a bud; at each stage it is the same thing ? a flower in the process of expressing its potential.
    A Gift is your way of serving the world.
    A great thing to argue, when we want to convince ourselves that what we say.
    A journey is an adventure. Henry Miller said that it is far more important to discover a church no one has heard of, than go to Rome and feel obliged to visit the Sistine Chapel, with two hundred thousand tourists shouting all around you. Go to the Sistine Chapel, but also get lost in the streets, wander down alleyways, feel free to look for something, without knowing what it is. I swear you will find it and that it will change your life.
    First Name: 
    Paulo
    Last Name: 
    Coelho
    Birth Date: 
    1947
    Bio: 
    Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist