Paulo Coelho de Souza (born 24 August 1947, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist and a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 2002. His novel The Alchemist became an international best-seller and he has published 28 more books since then. Top 17 Famous Paulo Coelho Quotes It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now. Never explain. Your friends won’t need it. And haters will continue to hate (because they also hate themselves). When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. No matter how you feel today, get up, dress up and show up. The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering. People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of. Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once. Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. No one can lie, no one can hide anything, when he looks directly into someone’s eyes. Friendship is not about whom you know the longest. It is about who came and never left. People want to change everything and, at the same time want it all to remain the same. Travel is never a matter of money but of courage. 13 Paulo Coelho Quotes on Love You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his personal legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t a true love… The love that speaks the language of the world. Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only its light, not its shadows. One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving. The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us. I’m not saying that love always takes you to heaven. Your life can become a nightmare. But that said, it is worth taking the risk. So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you. If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him. Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused. The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility. Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time. In real life, love has to be possible. Even if it is not returned right away, love can only survive when the hope exists that you will be able to win over the person you desire.
Anyone who is in love is making love the whole time, even when they're not. When two bodies meet, it is just the cup overflowing. They can stay together for hours, even days. They begin the dance one day and finish it the next, or—such is the pleasure they experience—they may never finish it. No eleven minutes for them.
After all, what is happiness? Love, they tell me. But love doesn't bring and never has brought happiness. On the contrary, it's a constant state of anxiety, a battlefield; it's sleepless nights, asking ourselves all the time if we're doing the right thing. Real love is composed of ecstasy and agony.
Paulo Coelho 28 Paulo Coelho Quotes on Life to Inspire You You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. Talent is a universal gift, but it takes a lot of courage to use it. Don’t be afraid to be the best. If you want to see a rainbow you have to learn to see the rain. Tears are words that need to be written. If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule – Never lie to yourself. Every blessing ignored becomes a curse. Being human means having doubts and yet still continuing on your path. The act of discovering who we are will force us to accept that we can go further than we think. You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it. The more violent the storm, the quicker it passes. If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello. Never give up. When your heart becomes tired, just walk with your legs – but move on. It takes huge effort to free yourself from memory. Don’t waste your time with explanations, people only hear what they want to hear. Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world. The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them. When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple. When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself. Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own. There is always a gap between intention and action. Men think more about returning home than about leaving. When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive. 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 you repeat a mistake, it is not a mistake anymore: it is a decision. If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal. Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. 7 Inspiring Paulo Coelho on Dreams Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream. Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. Dreams are the language of God. Dreaming is very pleasant as long as you are not forced to put your dreams into practice. People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them. We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body. I want to continue being crazy; living my life the way I dream it, and not the way the other people want it to be. 59 Motivational Paulo Coelho Quotes to Improve Your Life It’s what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future. The more in harmony with yourself you are, the more joyful you are and the more faithful you are. Faith is not to disconnect you from reality – it connects you to reality. Considering the way the world is, one happy day is almost a miracle. You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. 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. Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free. No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.
I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.
Paulo Coelho The problem is, sometimes you stop and think you understand the world. This is not correct. The world is always moving. I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life. If you believe in victory, then victory will believe in you. You are what you believe yourself to be.
Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?
Paulo Coelho The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle. I’m not a body with a soul, I’m a soul that has a visible part called the body. Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place. It is possible to avoid pain? Yes, but you’ll never learn anything. Is it possible to know something without ever having experiencing it? Yes, but it will never truly be part of you. If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work towards getting it. It’s only those who are persistent and willing to study things deeply, who achieve the master work. No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it. We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves. Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself. Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.
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.
Paulo Coelho You have two choices, to control your mind or to let your mind control you. 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. Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided. Don’t allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now. There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there. And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear. All you have to do is pay attention: lessons always arrive when you are ready. All battles in life serve to teach us something, even the battles we lose. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path. So you see, Good and Evil have the same face; it all depends on when they cross the path of each individual human being. Don’t listen to the malicious comments of those friends who, never taking any risks themselves, can only see other people’s failures. Live truly and forgive quickly. Fortunate are those who take the first steps. People are never satisfied. If they have a little, they want more. If they have a lot, they want still more. Once they have more, they wish they could be happy with little, but are incapable of making the slightest effort in that direction. Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you. Life can seem short or life can seem long, depending on how you live it. Someday’, ‘maybe’ and ‘if’ are very dangerous words that must be avoided. Close some doors today, not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere. Be crazy! But learn how to be crazy without being the center of attention. Be brave enough to live different. Forgive but do not forget, or you will be hurt again. Forgiving changes the perspectives. Forgetting loses the lesson. A life without cause is a life without effect. Those who never take risks can only see other people’s failures. Timidity puts obstacles in your path, boldness eliminates them. Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose – and commit myself to – what is best for me. Life sometimes separates people so that they can realize how much they mean to each other. What interests me in life is curiosity, challenges, the good fight with its victories and defeats. Go for the impossible. I always tried to find my own limits. So far I did not find them, so my universe is in constant expansion. 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. Love is not a habit, a commitment, or a debt. It isn’t what romantic songs tell us it is – love simply is. There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey. People learn twenty-five percent from their teacher, twenty-five percent from listening to themselves, twenty-five percent from their friends, and twenty-five percent from time. Sometimes, we are so attached to our way of life that we turn down wonderful opportunities simply because don’t know what to do with it.