Paulo Coelho Quotes

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Life, Love & The Alchemist

The Brazilian author Paulo Coelho was born in 24 August 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. 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.

The writings, poetry, and quotes of Paulo Coelho have influenced and motivated readers all over the world. Paulo Coelho Quotes About Life, Love & The Alchemist from some of his most popular books.


The Most Famous Paulo Coelho Quotes

❝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.❞

❝There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.❞

❝When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.❞

❝Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided.❞

❝Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.❞

❝The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.❞

❝Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.❞

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Life, Love & The Alchemist
If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.

❝Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.❞

❝We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. 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.❞

❝The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.❞

❝When someone leaves, it's because someone else is about to arrive.❞

❝If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself.❞

❝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.❞

❝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.❞

❝Don't waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.❞

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

❝Your eyes show the strength of your soul.❞

❝First it hurts, then it changes us.❞

❝Don't worry, the right ones won't leave.❞

❝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.❞

❝I am two women: one wants to have all the joy, passion and adventure that life can give me. The other wants to be a slave to routine, to family life, to the things that can be planned and achieved. I'm a housewife and a prostitute, both of us living in the same body and doing battle with each other.❞

❝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.❞

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Life, Love & The Alchemist
People want to change everything and, at the same time want it all to remain the same.

❝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?❞

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

❝Rumors are created by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots.❞

❝People want to change everything and, at the same time want it all to remain the same.❞

❝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.❞

❝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.❞

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

❝You are your own best friend. Never ever, put yourself down.❞

❝To heal a wound you must stop scratching it.❞

❝I prefer to be crazy and happy rather than be normal and bitter.❞

❝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.❞

❝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.❞

❝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.❞

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

❝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.❞

❝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.❞

❝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.❞

❝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.❞

❝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.❞

❝Never underestimate the power of stupid people.❞

❝How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.❞

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

❝Haters are confused admirers who want to be like you.❞

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


Inspirational Paulo Coelho Quotes

❝And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.❞

❝Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.❞

❝People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.❞

❝If you don't care about what people think, you already passed the first step of success.❞

❝It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.❞

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Life, Love & The Alchemist
Fortunate are those who take the first steps.

❝You are what you believe yourself to be.❞

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

❝When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.❞

❝There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.❞

❝None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have faith.❞

❝Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.❞

❝No matter how you feel today, get up, dress up and show up.❞

❝If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.❞

❝Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.❞

❝Sometimes you have to travel a long way to find what is near.❞

❝Fortunate are those who take the first steps.❞

❝Don’t allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily.❞

❝If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.❞

❝It’s what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future.❞

❝The danger of an adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.❞

❝We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body.❞

❝A life without a cause is a life without effect.❞

❝The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.❞

❝The reward for our work is not what we get, but what we become.❞

❝If we don't face our fears, our fears will chase us forever.❞

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Life, Love & The Alchemist
Sometimes you have to travel a long way to find what is near.

❝We always know which is the best road to follow, but we follow only the road that we have become accustomed to.❞

❝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.❞

❝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.❞

❝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.❞

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

❝If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule – Never lie to yourself.❞

❝If you only walk on sunny days you'll never reach your destination.❞

❝Tears are words that need to be written.❞

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

❝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.❞

❝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.❞

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

❝Better to be crazy and happy than normal and bitter.❞

❝We pretend to be strong because we are weak.❞

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

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Life, Love & The Alchemist
When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.

❝The distance between dreams and reality is called discipline.❞

❝Why is patience so important? Because it makes us pay attention.❞

❝behind the mask of ice that people wear, there beats a heart of fire.❞


Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love

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.

So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

In love, no one can harm anyone else; we are each of us responsible for our own feelings and cannot blame someone else for what we feel. It hurt when I lost each of the various men I fell in love with. Now, though, I am convinced that 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.
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