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127 Paulo Coelho Quotes That Will Surely Change Your Life



Here is a list of 127 Paulo Coelho Quotes that will surely change your life.


Paulo Coelho Quotes & Sayings


“Don’t allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily.”


“No one can lie, no one can hide anything, when he looks directly into someone’s eyes.”


“We have lost contact with reality, the simplicity of life.”


“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.”


“Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.”


“The more violent the storm, the quicker it passes.”


“I’d have stopped writing years ago if it were for the money.”


“Dreaming is very pleasant as long as you are not forced to put your dreams into practice.”


“Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present.”


“Life can seem short or life can seem long, depending on how you live it.”


“Don’t listen to the malicious comments of those friends who, never taking any risks themselves, can only see other people’s failures.”


“We have to stop and be humble enough to understand that there is something called mystery.”


“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”


“When you repeat a mistake, it is not a mistake anymore: it is a decision.”


“No matter how you feel today, get up, dress up and show up.”


“No, I never saw an angel, but it is irrelevant whether I saw one or not. I feel their presence around me.”


“Never give up. When your heart becomes tired, just walk with your legs – but move on.”


“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.”


“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.”


“Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.”


“There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”


“Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.”


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


“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.”


“Talent is a universal gift, but it takes a lot of courage to use it. Don’t be afraid to be the best.”


“Being human means having doubts and yet still continuing on your path.”


“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”


“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”


“Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.”


“You must always know what it is that you want.”


“I write from my soul. This is the reason that critics don’t hurt me, because it is me. If it was not me, if I was pretending to be someone else, then this could unbalance my world, but I know who I am.”


“The world is changed by your example. Not by your opinion.”


“Go and get your things,’ he said. ‘Dreams mean work.”


“I cry very easily. It can be a movie, a phone conversation, a sunset – tears are words waiting to be written.”


“It’s only those who are persistent and willing to study things deeply, who achieve the master work.”


“You have two choices, to control your mind or to let your mind control you.”


“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.”


“Don’t explain. Your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you.”


“Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.”


“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.”


“If I must fall, may it be from a high place.”


“When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.”


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


“The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.”


“People want to change everything and, at the same time, want it all to remain the same.”


“I wanted to write when I was young, but people said it was impossible. Then my parents locked me in a mental institution – they said I was crazy and would never make a living from writing.”


“There is always a gap between intention and action.”


“Considering the way the world is, one happy day is almost a miracle.”


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


“If you believe in victory, then victory will believe in you.”


“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”


“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”


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


“Certain things in life simply have to be experienced -and never explained. Love is such a thing.”


“You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.”


“Be crazy! But learn how to be crazy without being the center of attention. Be brave enough to live different.”


“And, when you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.”


“What interests me in life is curiosity, challenges, the good fight with its victories and defeats.”


“The gigantic tension before the shooting of an arrow, and the total relaxation seconds later, is my way of connecting to the universe.”


“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”


“Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only its light, not its shadows.”


“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.”


“People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.”


“Let us be absolutely clear about one thing: we must not confuse humility with false modesty or servility.”


“The wise are wise only because they love. The fool are fools only because they think they can understand love.”


“Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering.”


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


“Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world.”


“Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant.”


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


“Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time.”


“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.”


“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”


“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 just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”


“If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule – Never lie to yourself.”


“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.”


“Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.”


“What hurts us is what heals us.”


“The act of discovering  who we are will force us to accept that we can go further than we think.”


“Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.”


“Love is not a habit, a commitment, or a debt. It isn’t what romantic songs tell us it is – love simply is.”


“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.”


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


“Faith can exist without prayer, but prayer cannot exist without faith.”


“Forgive but do not forget, or you will be hurt again. Forgiving changes the perspectives. Forgetting loses the lesson.”


“You are what you believe yourself to be.”


“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.”


“Beauty is the greatest seducer of man.”


“When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.”


“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”


“I’m not a body with a soul, I’m a soul that has a visible part called the body.”


“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.”


“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.”


“God always offers us a second chance in life.”


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


“We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body.”


“When someone leaves, its because someone else is about to arrive – I’ll find love again.”


“Life sometimes separates people so that they can realize how much they mean to each other.”


“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”


“I’ve done everything I wanted to do, even if I have had to pay a very high price – which has been the case most of the time.”


“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”


“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.”


“You’re always learning. The problem is, sometimes you stop and think you understand the world. This is not correct. The world is always moving. You never reach the point you can stop making an effort.”


“However happy people say they are, nobody is satisfied: we always have to be with the prettiest woman, buy a bigger house, change cars, desire what we do not have.”


“Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.”


“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.”


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


“It took me 40 years to write my first book. When I was a child, I was encouraged to go to school. I was not encouraged to follow the career of a writer because my parents thought that I was going to starve to death.”


“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.”


“I can control my destiny, but not my fate. Destiny means there are opportunities to turn right or left, but fate is a one-way street. I believe we all have the choice as to whether we fulfill our destiny, but our fate is sealed.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“Love like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy. But sometimes under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots keeping itself alive.”


“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.”


“Making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”


“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. 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.”


“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?”


“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.”


“Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first, they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.”


“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 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.”


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