Paulo Coelho Quotes

All women have a perception much more developed than men. So all women somehow, being repressed for so many millennia, they ended up by developing this sixth sense and contemplation and love. And this is something that we have a hard time to accept as part of our society.

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

Beauty is the greatest seducer of man.

Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.

Every day I try to be in communication with the universe in an unconscious way.

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

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

Everything is possible, from angels to demons to economists and politicians.

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

I am a Catholic.

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

I don’t go to parties in general.

I don’t try to control my days.

I had this dream to become a writer since I was a teenager.

I hate to be smart.

I never say I am a guru.

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

I was arrested three times and tortured once.

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.

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.

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

I’m modern because I make the difficult seem easy, and so I can communicate with the whole world.

I’m not a person that socializes very well.

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’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.

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

In the United States, I am a great success, but I am not a celebrity.

It took me 40 years to write my first book.

It’s very difficult to read a book on your computer.

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

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

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

Most of my young years were spent under the boots of the military.

Music for me, it demands full concentration.

My readers – and I get 400 emails for a day, my readers normally they say, well, you understand me, and I answer, you do understand me also. We are in the same level.

MySpace is an addiction.

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

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.

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

People are very reluctant to talk about their private lives but then you go to the internet and they’re much more open.

Publishers see free downloads as threatening the sales of the book.

Publishing is in a kind of Jurassic age.

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.

The good old days, when each idea had an owner, are gone forever.

The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes or other people’s opinions.

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

There is an afterlife. I am convinced of this.

Today, writers want to impress other writers.

Twitter is my bar. I sit at the counter and listen to the conversations, starting others, feeling the atmosphere.

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

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

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

We want to answer this classical question, who am I? So I think that most of our works are for art, or whatever we do, including science or religion, tried to answer that question.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

You should treat a muse like a fairy.