Paulo Coelho


Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist

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When everything seems to be going well and your dream is almost within your gasp, that is when you must be more alert than ever.

When mouths close, it?s because there?s something important to be said.

When trying to seduce a woman, a writer says: 'I'm a writer', and scribbles a poem on a napkin. It always works.

When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice it is small, but we do not criticize it as rootless and stemless. We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed.

When you are very close to our treasures of us we do not notice it at all, you know why? Because people do not believe in treasures.

When you want something with all your heart, that?s when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It?s always a positive force.

Whenever you have to find about something, Plunge right in!

Who lit the fire of wisdom? And where to go? I realized that the man, an example of such a candle, carries in his heart the sacred fire of certain moments, but he does not know at all where it ignited.

What is happening does not repeat visits may never happen. But what happens twice inevitably happens a third time.

What we need to learn is always there before us, we just have to look around us with respect and attention in order to discover where God is leading us and which step we should take next.

When faced with a loss, it is no use trying to recover what has gone. On the other hand, a great space has been opened up in your life - there it lies, empty, waiting to be filled with something new. At the moment of one?s loss, contradictory as this might seem, one is being given a large slice of freedom.

When one loves can learn everything, and knows things did not dare to never think about, because the key to understanding all love secrets.

When we always see the same people end up doing that they become part of our lives. And as they are part of our lives, they also have to want to change our lives. And if we do not expect us to be like them, bother. Because everyone knows exactly how we should live our lives. And never have any idea how to live their own lives.

When we renounce our dreams and find peace,? he said after a while, ?we go through a short period of tranquility. But the dead dreams begin to rot within us and to infect our entire being. We become cruel to those around us, and then we begin to direct this cruelty against ourselves. That?s when illnesses and psychoses arise. What we sought to avoid in combat ? disappointment and defeat ? come upon us because of our cowardice. And one day, the dead, spoiled dreams make it difficult to breathe, and we actually seek death. It?s death that frees us from our certainties, from our work, and from that terrible peace of our Sunday afternoons.

When you close that door to nowhere throw away the key, we have a tendency to look back and regret.

When you want something with all your heart, that's when you are closest to the Soul of the World.... when you love someone with all your heart, that's when you are transformed. Everything on earth is being continuously transformed, because the earth is alive... and it has a soul. We are part of that soul, so we rarely recognize that it is working for us.... we continue to change as change is the nature of man. No one is just this way. That is who they are today - it will not be who they are tomorrow.

Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.

Who loves defeated the world and is not afraid to lose anything. True love is an act of total surrender.

We're surrounded by Universal Desire. It's not happiness; it's desire. And desires are never satisfied, because once they are, they cease to be desires.

What is important is who you are and not what others are calculated by thee.

What you brought from your past, is of no use in your present. When you must choose a new path, do not bring old experiences with you. Those who strike out afresh, but who attempt to retain a little of the old life, end up torn apart by their own memories.

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

When people consult me, it?s not that I?m reading the future; I am guessing at the future. The future belongs to God, and it is only he who reveals it, under extraordinary circumstances. How do I guess at the future? Based on the omens of the present. The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.

When we are on high (Mountain), we can see everything else as small. Our glory and our sadness lose their importance. Whatever we conquered or lost remains there below. From the heights of the mountain, you see how large the world is, and how wide its horizons.

When we seek to be better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.

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Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist