Paulo Coelho


Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist

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Why don?t people?s hearts tell them to continue following their dreams? the boy asked the alchemist. Because that?s what makes a heart suffer most, and hearts don?t like to suffer. From then on, the boy understood his heart. He asked it, please, never to stop speaking to him. He asked that, when he wandered far from his dreams, his heart press him and sound the alarm. The boy swore that, every time he heard the alarm, he would heed its message.

Women, when they kill themselves, choose far more romantic methods like slashing their wrist or taking an overdose of sleeping pills.

You are better, do not worry - she said. - In fact, when we light up our inner light, the first things we see are the cobwebs and dust, our weak points. They were there all the time, only you saw nothing in the darkness. Now it will be easier to cleanse your soul.

You cannot give anything more important than the Love reflected in your own life. That is the one true universal language, which allows us to speak Chinese or the dialects of India. For if, one day, you go to those places, the silent eloquence of Love will mean that you will be understood by everyone.

You have to leave, in order to return to the present.

You never let the cards tell their own story; you were trying to make them confirm what you imagined you knew.

You would have to give up all else, I alone would expect you to be your sole and exclusive standard.

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

Words are life set down on paper.

You are capable of explaining everything you feel. Why don't you go to the Emperor and talk to him?

You can't avoid pain, but you can choose to overcome it.

You have to show the bad, so that they understand the value of good.

You only know yourself when you go beyond your limits.

You?re asking the wrong question. What you need to know is are you in a position to give him the love he needs. And whatever happens or doesn?t happen will be equally gratifying, knowing that you are capable of love is enough. If it isn?t him, it will be someone else? Don?t try to keep a safe distance so as to see what happens. Don?t wait to be certain before you take a step. What you give, you will receive, although it might sometimes come from the place you least expect.

Why love is more important than Charity? Because Charity is just one manifestation of Love

Words are tears that have been written down. Tears are words that need to be shed. Without them, joy loses all its brilliance and sadness has no end.

You are not defeated when you lose. You are defeated when you quit.

You can't spend the whole day waiting for night to come.

You have to speak crashes. Convince your face smiling seriousness. Your eyes are filled with tears shy trembled on your lashes, like Todd to apologize for appearing forcibly.

You said that going on the Road to Santiago is important. For it, one must give up everything for some time: family, work, projects. And I don't know whether I'll find everything the same when.

You?re not here anymore. You?ve got to leave in order to return to the present.

Why should we listen to the heart? He asked when camped boy that day. 'Because he is where is where is your treasure. 'My heart is very agitated,' said the boy. Have dreams, get excited and in love with a woman of the desert. I ask for things and keeps me awake many nights, when I think of her. 'That's good. You mean he's alive. Continues to hear what you have to say.

Work is a blessing when it helps us to think about what we are doing; but it becomes a curse when its sole use is to stop us thinking about the meaning of life.

You are not trying to find the answer to a question, you are simply trying to confirm something you desperately want to believe.

You can't want to be happy, because that's too easy and too boring.

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Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist