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Top 50 Best Inspiring Paulo Coelho Quotes

Paulo Coelho Quotes: Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and attended a Jesuit school, Coelho is a writer and has worked as a songwriter, composing lyrics for Elis Regina, Rita Lee, and Brazilian icon Raul Seixas. While trying to overcome his procrastination about launching his writing career, Coelho decided, “If I see a white feather today, that is a sign that God is giving me that I have to write a new book.” Seeing one in the window of a shop, he began writing that day. The following year, Coelho wrote The Alchemist and published it through a small Brazilian publishing house that made an initial print run of 900 copies and decided not to reprint it. He subsequently found a bigger publishing house, and with the publication of his next book Brida, The Alchemist took off. HarperCollins decided to publish the book in 1994. Later it became an international bestseller.

Common Questions about Paulo Coelho

What is the message of the book The Alchemist?

” The book’s main theme is about finding one’s destiny, although according to The New York Times, The Alchemist is “more self-help than literature.”

What is the world's greatest lie in the Alchemist?

“Everyone believes the world’s greatest lie…” says the mysterious old man. “What is the world’s greatest lie?” the little boy asks. The old man replies, “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.

What does Maktub mean?

Maktub is an arabic word which literally means it is written. It means fate or destiny

Our Favorite Paulo Coelho Quotes

“Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.”

“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”

“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.”

“Tears are words that need to be written.”

“Don't give in to your fears. If you do, you won't be able to talk to your heart.”

“If I am really a part of your dream, you'll come back one day.”

“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”

“Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.”

“This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there's no need at all to understand what's happening, because everything happens within you.”

“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.”

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”

“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.”

“When we meet someone and fall in love, we have a sense that the whole universe is on our side. And yet if something goes wrong, there is nothing left! How is it possible for the beauty that was there only minutes before to vanish so quickly? Life moves very fast. It rushes from heaven to hell in a matter of seconds.”

“People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.”

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“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”

“You are what you believe yourself to be.”

“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.”

“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.”

“I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. 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.”

“Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.”

“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”

“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”

“Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time.”

“The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.”

“How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.”

“Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.”

“What is a teacher? I'll tell you: it isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.”

“Anyone who is observant, who discovers the person they have always dreamed of, knows that sexual energy comes into play before sex even takes place. The greatest pleasure isn't sex, but the passion with which it is practiced. When the passion is intense, then sex joins in to complete the dance, but it is never the principal aim.”

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“I’ve learned that waiting is the most difficult bit, and I want to get used to the feeling, knowing that you’re with me, even when you’re not by my side.”

“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.”

“Certain things in life simply have to be experienced -and never explained. Love is such a thing.”

“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it's better to listen to what it has to say.”

“Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant.”

“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?" the boy asked. "Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.”

“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?" the boy asked. "Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.”

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”

“Be crazy! But learn how to be crazy without being the center of attention. Be brave enough to live different.”

“Stay mad, but behave like normal people. Run the risk of being different, but learn to do so without attracting attention.”

“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.”

“behind the mask of ice that people wear, there beats a heart of fire.”

“If you start by promising what you don't even have yet, you'll lose your desire to work towards getting it.”

“We pretend to be strong because we are weak.”

“Love is not to be found in someone else, but in ourselves; we simply awaken it. But in order to do that, we need the other person. The universe only makes sense when we have someone to share our feelings with.”

“Don’t bother trying to explain your emotions. Live everything as intensely as you can and keep whatever you felt as a gift from God. The best way to destroy the bridge between the visible and invisible is by trying to explain your emotions.”

“Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life.”

“Don't allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily”

“Haters are confused admirers who can’t understand why everybody else likes you”

“Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only its light, not its shadows.”

“Don't listen to the malicious comments of those friends who, never taking any risks themselves, can only see other people's failures.”

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