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114 Paulo Coelho Quotes on Life (THE ALCHEMIST)

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Top 19 Most Famous Paulo Coelho Quotes

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.
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.
When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
Never explain. Your friends won’t need it. And haters will continue to hate (because they also hate themselves).
Never explain. Your friends won’t need it. And haters will continue to hate (because they also hate themselves).
No matter how you feel today, get up, dress up and show up.
No matter how you feel today, get up, dress up and show up.

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
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering.
Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering.
Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.
Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.
People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.
People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.
And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.
Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.
People want to change everything and, at the same time want it all to remain the same.
People want to change everything and, at the same time want it all to remain the same.
No one can lie, no one can hide anything, when he looks directly into someone’s eyes.
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.
Friendship is not about whom you know the longest. It is about who came and never left.
Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.
Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.

31 Inspiring Paulo Coelho Quotes on Life and Dreams

If you want to see a rainbow you have to learn to see the rain.
If you want to see a rainbow you have to learn to see the rain.
You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.
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.
Talent is a universal gift, but it takes a lot of courage to use it. Don’t be afraid to be the best.
Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only its light, not its shadows.
Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only its light, not its shadows.
If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule – Never lie to yourself.
If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule – Never lie to yourself.
Tears are words that need to be written.
Tears are words that need to be written.
Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.
Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.
Being human means having doubts and yet still continuing on your path.
Being human means having doubts and yet still continuing on your path.
You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.
You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.
The act of discovering  who we are will force us to accept that we can go further than we think.
The act of discovering  who we are will force us to accept that we can go further than we think.
If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.
If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.
The more violent the storm, the quicker it passes.
The more violent the storm, the quicker it passes.
Never give up. When your heart becomes tired, just walk with your legs – but move on.
Never give up. When your heart becomes tired, just walk with your legs – but move on.
One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
Don’t waste your time with explanations, people only hear what they want to hear.
Don’t waste your time with explanations, people only hear what they want to hear.
It takes huge effort to free yourself from memory.
It takes huge effort to free yourself from memory.
Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world.
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.
The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.
When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.
When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.
When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.
Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.
Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.
Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
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.
Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.
Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life.
Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life.
There is always a gap between intention and action.
There is always a gap between intention and action.
When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When you repeat a mistake, it is not a mistake anymore: it is a decision.
When you repeat a mistake, it is not a mistake anymore: it is a decision.
Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.
If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.

66 Motivational Paulo Coelho Quotes to Empower You

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
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.
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.
The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us.
The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us.
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.
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.
It’s what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future.
It’s what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future.
Considering the way the world is, one happy day is almost a miracle.
Considering the way the world is, one happy day is almost a miracle.
Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.
Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.

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
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.
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.
The problem is, sometimes you stop and think you understand the world. This is not correct. The world is always moving.
The problem is, sometimes you stop and think you understand the world. This is not correct. The world is always moving.
If you believe in victory, then victory will believe in you.
If you believe in victory, then victory will believe in you.
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.
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.

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
You are what you believe yourself to be.
You are what you believe yourself to be.
The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.
The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.
Dreams are the language of God.
Dreams are the language of God.
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.
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.
I’m not a body with a soul, I’m a soul that has a visible part called the body.
I’m not a body with a soul, I’m a soul that has a visible part called the body.
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.
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.
Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.
Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.
If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work towards getting it.
If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work towards getting it.

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
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.
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.
It’s only those who are persistent and willing to study things deeply, who achieve the master work.
It’s only those who are persistent and willing to study things deeply, who achieve the master work.
Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.
Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.
People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.
People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.

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
Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.
Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.
You have two choices, to control your mind or to let your mind control you.
You have two choices, to control your mind or to let your mind control you.
Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided.
Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided.
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.
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.
Don’t allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily.
Don’t allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily.

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
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.
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.
Dreaming is very pleasant as long as you are not forced to put your dreams into practice.
Dreaming is very pleasant as long as you are not forced to put your dreams into practice.
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.
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 battles in life serve to teach us something, even the battles we lose.
All battles in life serve to teach us something, even the battles we lose.
All you have to do is pay attention: lessons always arrive when you are ready.
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.
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.
Don’t listen to the malicious comments of those friends who, never taking any risks themselves, can only see other people’s failures.
Don’t listen to the malicious comments of those friends who, never taking any risks themselves, can only see other people’s failures.
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.
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.
So you see, Good and Evil have the same face; it all depends on when they cross the path of each individual human being.
So you see, Good and Evil have the same face; it all depends on when they cross the path of each individual human being.
Live truly and forgive quickly.
Live truly and forgive quickly.
Fortunate are those who take the first steps.
Fortunate are those who take the first steps.
Life can seem short or life can seem long, depending on how you live it.
Life can seem short or life can seem long, depending on how you live it.
Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.
Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.

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
Close some doors today, not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.
Close some doors today, not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.
Someday’, ‘maybe’ and ‘if’ are very dangerous words that must be avoided.
Someday’, ‘maybe’ and ‘if’ are very dangerous words that must be avoided.
We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body.
We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body.
Be crazy! But learn how to be crazy without being the center of attention. Be brave enough to live different.
Be crazy! But learn how to be crazy without being the center of attention. Be brave enough to live different.
A life without cause is a life without effect.
A life without cause is a life without effect.
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.
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.
Timidity puts obstacles in your path, boldness eliminates them.
Timidity puts obstacles in your path, boldness eliminates them.
Forgive but do not forget, or you will be hurt again. Forgiving changes the perspectives. Forgetting loses the lesson.
Forgive but do not forget, or you will be hurt again. Forgiving changes the perspectives. Forgetting loses the lesson.
Those who never take risks can only see other people’s failures.
Those who never take risks can only see other people’s failures.
Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose – and commit myself to – what is best for me.
Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose – and commit myself to – what is best for me.
What interests me in life is curiosity, challenges, the good fight with its victories and defeats.
What interests me in life is curiosity, challenges, the good fight with its victories and defeats.
Life sometimes separates people so that they can realize how much they mean to each other.
Life sometimes separates people so that they can realize how much they mean to each other.

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
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.
There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.
Love is not a habit, a commitment, or a debt. It isn’t what romantic songs tell us it is – love simply is.
Love is not a habit, a commitment, or a debt. It isn’t what romantic songs tell us it is – love simply is.

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

Paulo Coelho Short Biography

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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