Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho de Souza (born August 24, 1947) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He is the recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. Early in 2017 he has been nominated by the Albert Einstein Foundation as one of the 100 leading visionaries of our time. His novel The Alchemist has been translated into 81 languages.

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Writers are lampposts and critics are dogs. Ask lampposts what they think about dogs. Does the dog hurt the lamppost?

I think you can have 10 000 explanations for failure, but no good explanation for success.

I was not encouraged to follow the career of a writer, because my parents thought that I was going to starve to death. They thought nobody can make a living from being a writer in Brazil. They were not wrong.

When a person really desires something all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his 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.

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

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.

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'd have stopped writing years ago if it were for the money.

Of course, to have money is just great because you can do what you think is important to you. I always was a rich person because money's not related to happiness.

Music, for me, it demands full concentration.

Everything for me is sacred, beginning with earth, but also going to things made by man.

Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere.

Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose - and commit myself to - what is best for me.

Each time we embrace someone warmly, we gain an extra day of life.

Life is a journey. How we travel is really up to us.  We can just flow with the tide or follow our own dreams.

Be fully awake if you want to dream

Miracles only happen if you believe in miracles.

Don't give to anyone the power to put you down. Haters are losers pretending to be winners.

Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.

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