Paulo Coelho


Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist

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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.

Who understands us can transform.

What benefit money if we were going to die? It is very rare to be able to save money from one of death.

What is outside is harder to change than what is inside.

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 is the world?s greatest lie.

When he had gone only a short distance, he realized that, while they were erecting the stall, one of them had spoken Arabic and the other Spanish. And they had understood each other perfectly well. There must be a language that doesn?t depend on words, the boy thought. I?ve already had that experience with my sheep, and now it?s happening with people. He was learning a lot of new things. Some of them were things that he had already experienced, and weren?t really new, but that he had never perceived before. And he hadn?t perceived them because he had become accustomed to them. He realized: If I can learn to understand this language without words, I can learn to understand the world.

When she decided to get a job, she rejected a tempting offer from a company that had just been set up in her recently created country in favor of a job at the public library, where you didn?t earn much money but where you were secure. She went to work every day, always keeping to the same timetable, always making sure she wasn?t perceived as a threat by her superiors; she was content; she didn?t struggle, and so she didn?t grow: All she wanted was her salary at the end of the month. She rented the room in the convent because the nuns required all tenants to be back at a certain hour, and then they locked the door: Anyone still outside after that had to sleep on the street. She always had a genuine excuse to give boyfriends, so as not to have to spend the night in hotel rooms or strange beds. When she used to dream of getting married, she imagined herself in a little house outside Ljubljana, with a man quite different from her father?a man who earned enough to support his family, one who would be content just to be with her in a house with an open fire and to look out at the snow-covered mountains. She had taught herself to give men a precise amount of pleasure; never more, never less, only what was necessary. She didn?t get angry with anyone, because that would mean having to react, having to do battle with the enemy and then having to face unforeseen consequences, such as vengeance. When she had achieved almost everything she wanted in life, she had reached the conclusion that her existence had no meaning, because every day was the same. And she had decided to die.

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Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist