Paulo Coelho


Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist

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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?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 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 focused on what we want, things begin to slot perfectly into place.

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.

Whenever he reads articles in newspapers or magazines written by politicians using global warming or the destruction of the environment for their electoral campaigns, he thinks: How can we be so arrogant? The planet is, was and always will be stronger than us. We can?t destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing. Why don?t they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us? Because Saving the planet gives a sense of power, action and nobility. Whereas not letting the planet destroy us might lead us to feelings of despair and impotence, and to a realization of just how very limited our capabilities are.

Wherever your soul is, there your treasure is.

Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth.

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.

When something strongly desires, the whole universe conspires in our favor.

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Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist