Paulo Coelho


Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist

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What's so special about me? There isn't anything special about you, at least, nothing I can put my finger on. And yet and here's the mystery of life ? I can't think of anything else.

When he looked into her eyes, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke ? the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. 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. Because when you know the language, it?s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it?s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one?s dreams would have no meaning.

When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a story current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.

When we engage in the way we always have an idea more or less defined by what we find. Women generally seek the Other Party, men Power. Neither the one nor the other wants to learn: they want to reach the goal they are fixed.

When we venture in that unfamiliar sea, we trust blindly in those who guide us, believing that they know more than we do.

When you have things like the meaning of the largest.

When, seeking something already, the whole universe will work collaboratively to allow you to achieve your dream.

Where your treasure is, there also will be your heart, the alchemist had told him.

Whoever is given the feeling without looking back, the one who feels free, and he loves all the strength of the soul. And he who loves all the strength of the soul feels free.

What do you mean God? - Anyone who knows God is unable to describe. Anyone who is able to describe God do not know

What is the Other? they ask. The Other is the one who taught me what I should be like, but not what I am. The Other believes that it is our obligation to spend our entire life thinking about how to get our hands on as much money a possible so that we will not die of hunger when we are old. So we think so much about money and our plans for acquiring it that we discover we are alive only when our days on earth are practically done. And then it's too late. And you? Who are you? I am just like everyone else who listens to their heart: a person who is enchanted by the mystery of life. Who is open to miracles, who experiences joy and enthusiasm for what they do. It's just that the Other, afraid of disappointment, kept me from taking action. But there is suffering in life, one of the listeners said. And there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggle for your dreams than to be defeated without ever even knowing what you're fighting for. That's it? another listener asked. Yes, that's it. When I learned this, I resolved to become the person I had always wanted to be. The Other stood there in the corner of my room, watching me, but I will never let the Other into myself again----even though it has already tried to frighten me, warning me that it's risky not to think about the future. From the moment that I ousted the Other from my life, the Divine Energy began to perform its miracles.

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 want something, we have to have a clear purpose in mind for the thing that we want. The only reason for seeking a reward is to know what to do with that reward.

When you know how to use it, disobedience can be a virtue.

Whenever a new situation presented itself, you had to remain cool and distant.

Wherever you it is that you want to see the face of God, there you will see it. And if you don't want to see it, it doesn't matter, so long as you are performing good works.

Whoever loves a reward waiting is wasting his time.

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.

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Brazilian Lyricist and Novelist