Paulo Coelho


Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist

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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.

When you dance, do you feel desire? Do you feel as if you were summoning up a greater energy? When you dance, are there moments when you cease to be yourself?

When you want something, all the universe conspires for you to make your wish.

Where are they written? In the world around us. Merely be attentive to what happens in your life, and you will discover where, every moment of the day, He hides His words and His will. Seek to do as He asks: this alone is the reason you are in the world. If I discover it, I'll write it on clay tablets. Do so. But write them, above all, in your heart; there they can neither burned nor destroyed, and you will take them wherever you go.

Who needs to know love lost and found?

We've lost our ability to live with the secrets of the world. And yet there they are before us.

What is learning: accumulating knowledge? Or transforming our lives?

What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we?ve learned as we?ve moved toward that dream. That?s the point at which most people give up. It?s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ?dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.? Every search begins with beginner?s luck. And every search ends with the victor?s being severely tested.

When God wants to drive a person insane, he grants that person's every wish.

When people praise us, we should always keep a close eye on how we behave.

When we are walking our chosen path, we walk elegantly, emanating light.

When we set out on the path, we always have a fairly clear idea of what we hope to find. Women are generally seeking their Soul Mate, and men looking for Power. Neither party is really interested in learning. They simply want to reach the thing they have set as their goal.

When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.

When you were in love, you were capable of learning everything and of knowing things you had never dared even to think, because love was the key to understanding all of the mysteries.

Where have you been? Is not an empty question. Anyone asking it is also saying I missed you, I want to be with you, I need to know what you've been up to.

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Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist