Paulo Coelho


Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist

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What is the Other? they ask. The Other is the one who taught me what I should be like, but not what I am. The Other believes that it is our obligation to spend our entire life thinking about how to get our hands on as much money a possible so that we will not die of hunger when we are old. So we think so much about money and our plans for acquiring it that we discover we are alive only when our days on earth are practically done. And then it's too late. And you? Who are you? I am just like everyone else who listens to their heart: a person who is enchanted by the mystery of life. Who is open to miracles, who experiences joy and enthusiasm for what they do. It's just that the Other, afraid of disappointment, kept me from taking action. But there is suffering in life, one of the listeners said. And there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggle for your dreams than to be defeated without ever even knowing what you're fighting for. That's it? another listener asked. Yes, that's it. When I learned this, I resolved to become the person I had always wanted to be. The Other stood there in the corner of my room, watching me, but I will never let the Other into myself again----even though it has already tried to frighten me, warning me that it's risky not to think about the future. From the moment that I ousted the Other from my life, the Divine Energy began to perform its miracles.

What's the world's greatest lie?' the boy asked, completely surprised. 'It's this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That's the world's greatest lie.

When he saw her eyes and her lips between smiling and silent, he realized the core part, the most informative in the language spoken by the world, and all objects that can be understood by the earth in its depths, which is called love. It's something more ahead of humans and the desert itself.

When someone sees the same people every day, as had happened with him at the seminary, they wind up becoming a part of that person?s life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn?t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.

When we feel weak, all we have to do is wait a little while. The spring returns and the winter snows melt and fill us with new energy.

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.

When you know how to use it, disobedience can be a virtue.

Whenever a new situation presented itself, you had to remain cool and distant.

Wherever you it is that you want to see the face of God, there you will see it. And if you don't want to see it, it doesn't matter, so long as you are performing good works.

Whoever loves a reward waiting is wasting his time.

What do you want? You can't want to be happy, because that's too easy and too boring. You can't want only to love, because that's impossible. What do you want? You want to justify your life, to live it as intensely as possible. That is at once a trap and a source of ecstasy. Try to be alert to that danger and experience the joy and the adventure of being that woman who is beyond the image reflected in the mirror.

What makes life interesting are the challenges we face.

What's the world's greatest lie?... It's this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.

When I asked you if you wanted to, I was not testing your courage. I was testing your wisdom.

When something evolves, everything around that thing evolves as well.

When we first begin fighting for our dream, we have no experience and make many mistakes. The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.

When we?re with other people and they say nothing, the situation becomes irritating.

When you make a decision, you are really diving in a strong current that will bring you to places you never dreamed of when you first made that decision.

Whenever he could, he sought out a new road to travel.

Wherever your heat is there you will find your treasure.

Whoever swallows that elixir will never be sick again, and a fragment from that stone turns any metal into gold. The Arabs laughed at him, and the alchemist laughed along. They thought his answer was amusing, and they allowed the boy and the alchemist to proceed with all of their belongings. Are you crazy? the boy asked the alchemist, when they had moved on. What did you do that for? To show you one of life?s simple lessons, the alchemist answered. When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.

What does learning mean: accumulating knowledge or transforming your life?

What makes life interesting is the ability to fulfill their dreams.

When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person realize his dream.

When I drove the demons of this poor old man, you break also Avalmha. We had talked that day about the cruelty that can be committed against the people themselves. And when we try to show them the good, and that life generous donor, often reject the idea, like the work of the devil; no one would like to request a lot of life because it is afraid of failure. But eager to fight the good fight, he has to look at the world like an inexhaustible treasure, is expected to be found and one owned.

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Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist