Paulo Coelho


Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist

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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 good is money to you if you're going to die? It's not often that money can save someone's life.

What other people think is more important than what we feel. Never make a fuss--it might attract the attention of an enemy tribe. If you behave differently you will be expelled from the tribe because you could infect others and destroy something that was extremely difficult to organize in the first place. We must always consider the look of our new cave, and if we don't have a clear idea of our own, then we must call a decorator who will do his best to show others what good taste we have. We must eat three meals a day, even if we're not hungry, and when we fail to fit the current ideal of beauty we must fast, even if we're starving. We must dress according to the dictates of fashion, make love whether we feel like it or not, kill in the name of our country, wish time away so that retirement comes more quickly, elect politicians, complain about the cost of living, change our hair-style, criticize anyone who is different, go to a religious service on Sunday, Saturday or Friday, depending on our religion, and there beg forgiveness for our sins and puff ourselves up with pride because we know the truth and despise he other tribe, who worship false gods. Our children must follow in our footsteps; after all we are older and know more about the world. We must have a university degree even if we never get a job in the area of knowledge we were forced to study. We must never make our parents sad, even if this means giving up everything that makes us happy. We must play music quietly, talk quietly, weep in private, because I am the all-powerful Zahir, who lays down the rules and determines the meaning of success, the best way to love, the importance of rewards.

When a person really desires something, the whole universe conspires so that your dream can be realized.

When I experienced humiliation and yet kept walking, I understood that I was free to choose my destiny.

When something undesirable grows in my soul, I ask God to give me the courage to mercilessly pluck it out.

When we have the great treasures before us never recognize.

When you are going through difficult times, remember: you might have lost some major battles, but you survived and you're still here.

When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.

Whenever he saw the sea, or a fire, he fell silent, impressed by their elemental force.

Whether necessary or not, they occur. When he begins fighting for his dreams, man has no experience, and makes many mistakes. But the secret in life is to fall seven times, and rise up eight times.

Why am I unhappy? The question carries with it the virus that will destroy everything.

What happens once will never happen again. But what happens twice will surely happen a third time.

What remains will be the love that moves the heavens, the stars, people, flowers, insects, the love that obliges us all to walk across the ice despite the danger, that fills us with joy and with fear, and gives meaning to everything.

When a sense of dissatisfaction persists, that means it was placed there by God for one purpose only: you need to change everything and move forward.

When I was young, I was dazzled by all the things life could offer me. I thought I was capable of achieving all of them.

When the man looked deeper into the soul of the world, it is easy to understand in the world there is always one person who is waiting for the other one, it was in the middle of a desert or in the middle of a major city... And when you meet that person and their eyes are crossed, all past and all future lose any significance... and there is only this moment

When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.

When you are in love , things make even more sense.

When you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true.

Whenever I refused to follow my fate, something very hard to bear would happen in my life.

While he was doing the same thing, it was necessary to discover something new, fantastic, incredible, I would have gone unnoticed the time before.

Why are not looking for happiness and everyone has taught me that happiness is the only goal worth that we aspire?

What hurts us is what heals us.

What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing.

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Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist