Paulo Coelho Quotes

Paulo Coelho Quotes

 

When night comes and no one is watching, I feel afraid of everything: life, death, love or the lack of it; the fact that all novelties quickly become habits; the feeling that I’m wasting the best years of my life in a pattern that will be repeated over and over until I die; and sheer panic at facing the unknown, however exciting and adventurous that might be.

 

Love isn’t just a feeling. It’s an art. And like any art, it takes not only inspiration but also a lot of work.

 

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.

 

There is no better time than the autumn to begin forgetting the things that trouble us, allowing them to fall away like dried leaves. There is no better time to dance again, to make the most of every crumb of sunlight and warm body and soul with its rays before it falls asleep and becomes only a dim light bulb in the skies.

 

We can just flow with the tide or follow our own dreams.

 

It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the masterwork. Now, I’m beginning what I could have started ten years ago. But I’m happy at least that I didn’t wait for twenty years.

 

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

 

If you only walk on sunny days you’ll never reach your destination.

 

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

 

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

If I must be faithful to someone or something, then I have, first of all, to be faithful to myself.

The world lies in the hands of those that have the courage to dream and who take the risk of living out their dreams – each according to his or her own talent.

 

And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.

 

Sometimes you get no second chance and that it’s best to accept the gifts the world offers you.

 

When you travel you experience, in a very practical way, the act of rebirth. You confront completely new situations, the day passes more slowly, and on most journeys you don’t even understand the language the people speak….You begin to be more accessible to others, because they may be able to help you in difficult situations..

 

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.

 

There was one thing her mother said that she never forgot: ‘Beauty, my dear, doesn’t last.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Ester asked why people are sad. “That’s simple,” says the old man. “They are the prisoners of their personal history. Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or if it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people’s ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.

 

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.

 

You don’t need to explain your dreams. They belong to you.

 

When we first begin fighting for our dreams, we have no experience and make many mistakes. The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and get up eight times.

 

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?

 

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

 

Haters are confused admirers who can’t understand why everybody else likes you

 

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

 

To become really good at anything, you have to practice and repeat, practice and repeat, until the technique becomes intuitive

 

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

 

There’s no point sitting here, using words that mean nothing. Go and experiment. It’s time you got out of here. Go and re-conquer your kingdom, which has grown corrupted by routine. Stop repeating the same lesson, because you won’t learn anything new that way.

 

If I believe I will win, then victory will believe in me.

 

God only allows us to see such things when he wants something to change

 

Traditional religious practices are important. They allow us to share with others the communal experience of adoration and prayer, but we must never forget spiritual experience is above all a practical experience of love, and with love, there are no rules some may try to control their emotions and develop strategies for their behaviour, others may turn to reading books of advice from “experts” on relationships but this is all folly. The heart decides and what it decides is all that really matters.

 

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 yet 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.

 

I have won important things for myself, but I’m going to destroy them, because I tell myself they have lost their meaning. I know that is not true. I know they are important, and that if I destroy them, I’ll be destroying myself, as well.

 

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

 

People destroy what they love.

 

I am surprised how difficult for people is to say “I love you”. They only say the three magic words when they are sure they will hear “I love you too” back. C’mon! Spread the energy of love without expecting anything! Cowards are incapable of expressing love; it is the prerogative of the brave

 

 

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