Born on 24 August 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Paulo Coelho de Souza is a well-known novelist best known for his novel, The Alchemist which sold 35 million copies and is the most translated book in the world by a living author.
Before dedicating his life to literature and writing his first book, The Pilgrimage at age 38, Coelho was a lyricist, theatre director, actor, and journalist.
He was determined to be a writer since his teenage years but was discouraged by his parents who saw no prospect in that endeavor in Brazil.
This resulted in a lot of undue conflicts which eventually led to Coelho’s parents committed him to a mental institution when he was 17 (which he escaped 3 times before being released at the age of 20). source
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Below are the best and most popular Paulo Coelho quotes so you can be inspired to live the life of your dreams.
Top 19 Most Famous Paulo Coelho Quotes
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.”Paulo Coelho
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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.”Paulo Coelho
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
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
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.”Paulo Coelho
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
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.”Paulo Coelho
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.”Paulo Coelho
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.”Paulo Coelho
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.”Paulo Coelho
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