PAULO COELHO, the Brazilian author, was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947. He worked as a theater director and actor, lyricist and journalist before devoting his life entirely to literature. PAULO COELHO made the pilgrimage to Compostella's Saint James in 1986, an experience to be documented later in his book The Pilgrimage. COELHO published The Alchemist the following year. Slow initial sales convinced his first publisher to drop the novel, but it ... became one of Brazil's best-selling books ever. Other titles include Brida (1990), The Valkyries (1992), By the river Piedra I sat Down and Wept (1994), the collection of his best columns published in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de So Paulo entitled Maktub (1994), the compilation of texts Phrases (1995), The Fifth Mountain (1996), Manual of a Warrior of Light (1997), Veronika decides to die (1998), The Devil and Miss Prym (2000), the compilation. The author traveled around the globe in ninety days of pilgrimage and took the famous Transiberrian train which brought him to Vladivostok. Paulo Coelho launched his blog Walking the Path - The Pilgrimage during this experience to share his impressions with his readers. Paulo Coelho has expanded his internet presence with his daily blogs in Wordpress, Myspace & Facebook since this first blog. He is also present in media sharing sites like Youtube and Flickr, offering his readers on a regular basis not only texts, but also videos and pictures. His bold new project stemmed from this intense interest and use of the Internet: The Experimental Witch, where he invites his readers to adapt his book The Witch of Portobello to the screen. Indeed Paulo Coelho is a firm believer in the Internet as a new media and is the first best-selling author to actively support his work's free online distribution.READ MORE
If there hadn't been a sixth day, man would not exist; copper would always be copper; and lead just lead. It's true that everything has its Personal Legend, but one day that Personal Legend will be realized. So each thing has to transform itself into something better, and to acquire a new Personal Legend, until, someday, the Soul of the World becomes one thing only.
If you're a nobody, if your work has no impact, then it deserves to be praised. If, however, you climb out of that state of mediocrity and are a success, then your defying 'the law' and deserve to be punished.
Passion makes a person stop eating, sleeping, working, feeling at peace. A lot of people are frightened because, when it appears, it demolishes all the old things it finds in its path. No one wants their life thrown into chaos. That is why a lot of people keep that threat under control, and are somehow capable of sustaining a house or a structure that is already rotten. They are the engineers of the superseded. Other people think exactly the opposite: they surrender themselves without a second thought, hoping to find in passion the solutions to all their problems. They make the other person responsible for their happiness and blame them for their possible unhappiness. They are either euphoric because something marvelous has happened or depressed because something unexpected has just ruined everything. Keeping passion at bay or surrendering blindly to it - which of these two attitudes is the least destructive? I don't know.