Paulo Coelho

Author of The Alchemist and 40+ Books

Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho


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

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

Mencintai adalah melebur dengan orang yang kita cintai dan menemukan percikan Tuhan di dalam dirinya.

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.

A orillas del río Piedra me senté y lloré.

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.

Kita hanya bisa memahami keajaiban hidup secara penuh ketika membiarkan yang tak terduga untuk terjadi.

Whenever he saw the sea, or a fire, he fell silent, impressed by their elemental force.

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

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

Quién ama ha vencido el mundo y no teme perder nada, el verdadero amor supone un acto de entrega total.

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

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

But love is much like a dam; if you allow a tiny crack to form through which only a trickle of water can pass, that trickle will quickly bring down the whole structure and soon no one will be able to control the force of the current.

Voli se zato sto se voli. Ne postoji razlog zbog kojeg se voli.

Ponekad treba pustiti da voda sama tece.

Tajna srece sastoji se u tome da posmatras sva cuda ovog sveta, ali da nikada ni ne zaboravis na one dve kapi ulja u kasicici.

Ljubav je puna zamki. Kad hoce da se pokaze, otkrije samo svoju svetlost, a ne dopustanam da nazremo senke koje ta svetlost izaziva.

Sreca je nesto sto se deljenjem umnozava.

God only rarely reveals the future. When he does so, it is for one reason: it's a future that was written so as to be altered.

He had to choose between something he had become accustomed to and something he wanted to have.

It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.

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?

We pretend to be strong because we are weak.

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

Everyday God gives us a moment in which it is possible to change everything that makes us unhappy.

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.

Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.

All love stories are the same.

Don't think about what you've left behind" The alchemist said to the boy as they began to ride across the sands of the desert. "If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.

she wanted to dance with someone who would embrace her in the way she dreamed of since adolescence.

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

Time that never ends, that never passes, that remains in the present, where all of life's secrets lie.

Life is made of our attitudes. And there are certain things that the gods oblige us to live through. Their reason for this does not matter, and there is no action we can take to make them pass us by.

Try to find pleasure in the speed that you're not used to. Changing the way you do routine things allows a new person to grow inside of you. But when all is said and done, you're the one who must decide how you handle it.

Yes, my mind was wandering. I wished I were there with someone who could bring peace to my heart someone with whom I could spend a little time without being afraid that i would lose him the next day. With that reassurance, the time would pass more slowly. We could be silent for a while because we'd know we had the rest of our lives together for conversation. I wouldn't have to worry about serious matters, about difficult decisions and hard words.

What good is money to you if you're going to die? It's not often that money can save someone's life.

A Warrior of Light never resorts to trickery, but he knows how to distract his opponent.

He has done things that caused me to doubt His wisdom, but never His existence.

At that moment, it seemed to him that time stood still, and the Soul of the World surged within him. When he looked into her dark eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke—the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. Something that exerted the same force whenever two pairs of eyes met, as had theirs here at the well.

The future belongs to God, and it is only he who reveals it, under extraordinary circumstances. How do I guess at the future? Based on the omens of the present. 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. Forget about the future, and live ach day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.

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. We, their hearts, become fearful just thinking of loved ones who go away forever, or of moments that could have been good but weren’t, or of treasures that might have been found but were forever hidden in the sands. Because, when these things happen, we suffer terribly.

Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one 'dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.

Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.

When we both experienced the love that consumes, we shared in the Absolute. The Absolute shows each of us who we really are; it is an enormous web of cause and effect, where every small gesture made by one person affects the life of someone else. This morning, that slice of the Absolute was still very much alive in my soul. I was seeing not only you but everything there is in the world, unlimited by space or time.

To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation.

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 wise men understood that this natural world is only an image and a copy of paradise. The existence of this world is simply a guarantee that there exists a world that is perfect. God created the world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of his wisdom.

It's not what enters men's mouth that is evil," said the alchemist. "It's what comes out of their mouths that is.

When you want something with all your heart, that's when you are closest to the Soul of the World.... when you love someone with all your heart, that's when you are transformed."
"Everything on earth is being continuously transformed, because the earth is alive... and it has a soul. We are part of that soul, so we rarely recognize that it is working for us.... we continue to change as change is the nature of man. No one is "just this way". That is who they are today - it will not be who they are tomorrow.


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