Paulo Coelho quotes and sayings
August 24, 1947
Fear of failure leads to failure.
Dreaming carries no risks. The dangerous thing is trying to transform your dreams into reality.
So we contemplate each other, and we want each other, and I give it life and warmth, and it gives me my reason for living.
I think classical ballet dancers dance on pointe because they're simultaneously touching the earth and reaching up to the skies.
Fashion may renew itself every six months but one thing remains the same: bouncers always wear black.
I only invoked what you already knew.
I came to set fire to the earth. And I am watchful that the fire grow. May the fire of love grow in our hearts. May the fire of transformation glow in our movements. May the fire of purification burn away our sins. May the fire of justice guide our steps. May the fire of wisdom illuminate our paths. May the fire that spreads over the Earth never be extinguished.
Walk firmly and with joy, without being afraid of stumbling. All your movements are being watched by your allies that will help you when necessary.
To teach is to show what is possible; to learn is to make yourself possible.
Esther, however, was the only woman who understood one very simple thing: in order to be able to find her, I first had to find myself.
We humans have two great problems: the first is knowing when to begin; the second is knowing when to stop.
We all harbour a great sadness in our soul.
Why is patience so important?" "Because it makes us pay attention.
Sometimes, certain of God's blessings arrive by shattering all the windows.
Never abandon your dreams. Follow the signs.
Certainly. But take this into consideration: of every ten problems we have, nine are created by our own selves - through guilt, self-punishment, self-pity. However, from time to time a great obstacle appears in our path, which was put there by God, and which is there for a reason. The reason is: to give us the opportunity to change everything, to move forwards.
He is as wise as a serpent and as innocent as a dove.
I've met a man and fallen in love with him. I allowed myself to fall in love for one simple reason: I'm not expecting anything to come of it. I know that, in three months' time, I'll be far away and he'll be just a memory, but I couldn't stand living without love any longer; I had reached my limit.
A warrior knows that the farthest-flung star in the Universe reveals itself in the things around him.
"Difficulty" is the name of an ancient tool that was created purely to help us define who we are.
What is a teacher? I'll tell you: it isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.
I was trying to come round to the idea that there might be an invisible reality capable of interfering in our lives, but the only reason I did so was because of a love I didn't want to believe I felt but which was continuing to grow in a subtle, devastating way. I was content in my universe and didn't want to change it at all, even though I was being propelled in that direction.
In love, no one can harm anyone else; we are each responsible for our own feelings and cannot blame someone else for what we feel.
Judging yourself to be full of virtue paralyses. Judging yourself to be full of guilt also paralyses.
Because of that she had never had enough energy to be herself, a person who, like everyone else in the world, needed other people in order to be happy. But other people were so difficult. They reacted in unpredictable ways, they surrounded themselves with defensive walls, they behaved just as she did, pretending they didn't care about anything. When someone more open to life appeared, they either rejected them outright or made them suffer, consigning them to being inferior, ingenuous.
Even if I live not in a big city, even if I detest to go to parties, I love street fairs and long conversations with people in the countryside.
Using every means possible to show that, although you're just an ordinary human being, you're far above other mortals.
Love gives us the strength to perform impossible tasks.
A warrior cannot lower his head - otherwise he loses sight of the horizon of his dreams.
Because I don't live in either my past or my future.I'm interested only in the present".
Playing the part of a charitable soul was only for those who were afraid of taking a stand in life. It is always far easier to have faith in your own goodness than to confront others and fight for your rights. It is always easier to hear an insult and not retaliate than have the courage to fight back against someone stronger than yourself; we can always say we're not hurt by the stones others throw at us, and it's only at night - when we're alone and our wife or our husband or our school friend is asleep - that we can silently grieve over our own cowardice.
Sometimes love blinds us, other times it let's us see.
My heart might be bruised, but it will recover and become capable of seeing beauty of life once more. It's happened before, it will happen again, I'm sure. When someone leaves, it's because someone else is about to arrive--I'll find love again.
you would have to give up all else, I alone would expect you to be your sole and exclusive standard.
We hereby declare the end to the wall dividing the sacred from the profane: from now on, all is sacred.
Making fun of anyone who seeks happiness rather than money and accusing them of "lacking ambition.".
He knows that he must act, but he must allow room for the Universe to act too.
When I'm dancing, I'm not thinking about anything. I am here. I am totally there. You know? And the feeling is a sensation of being away from myself. My soul dances with the angels, and my body dances with my wife.
Happiness is this place that, once you arrive there, you have nothing else to do. You get bored. Passion is this up and down; it's like a rollercoaster, you know, and much more interesting to me.
No life is complete without a touch of madness.
Hatred. Something almost as physical as walls, pianos, or nurses. She could almost touch the destructive energy leaking out of her body. She allowed the feeling to emerge, regardless of whether it was good or bad; she was sick of self-control, of masks, of appropriate behavior. Veronika wanted to spend her remaining two or three days of life behaving as inappropriately as she could.
Often, during combat, the warrior of light receives blows that he was not expecting. And he realizes that, during a war, his enemy is bound to win some of the battles. When this happens, the warrior of light weeps bitter tears and rests in order to recover his energies a little. But he immediately resumes the battle for his dreams.
Reason is afraid of defeat, But intuition enjoys challenges.
Negative desires can cause no evil if you do not allow yourself to be seduced by them.
Just as your hand has the power to hide the sun, mediocrity has the power to hide your inner light. Do not blame others for your own incompetence.
And they will return one day knowing the miracle of the heavens and of all the world. God knew what he was doing when he drew their attention to the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. If he hadn't wanted them to eat it, he would never have mentioned it.
A Warrior never accepts what is unacceptable.
But he knows that no man is an island.
We pretend to be strong because we are weak.
Life is like a garden, you reap what you sow.
The visible is always a mirror of the invisible. The reality is imagined before it manifests itself.
The universe conspires to help the dreamer.
I cannot lose the one thing that keeps me alive : hope -.
It's not difficult for me to put my feelings into written form. I try to be concise and to go direct to the subject. This is what people like about my work, and what the critics hate.
There are some things in life that are worth fighting for to the end.
Beauty is present in all creation, but the danger lies in the fact that we allow ourselves to be influenced by what people think. We deny our own beauty because others can't or won't recognize it. We try to imitate what we see around us. We try to be what other people think of as 'pretty' and little by little, our soul fades. We forget the world is what we imagine it to be. We stop being the sun and become, instead, the pool of water reflecting it.
Love is the only thing that counts. Love is what keeps the star and the human beings and the world turning around. Love is the force that binds the whole universe together.
Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be.
If you spend too much time trying to find out what is good or bad about someone else, you'll forget your own soul and end up exhausted and defeated by the energy you have wasted in judging others.
Sometimes Evil pursues the Warrior of the Light, and when it does, he calmly invites it into his tent.
The happiness of one does not mean the unhappiness of the others.
We are told from childhood onward that everything we want to do is impossible. We grow up with this idea, and as the years accumulate, so too do the layers of prejudice, fear and guilt. There comes a time when our personal calling is so deeply buried in our soul as to be invisible. But know that it's still there.
Does he love me? You're asking the wrong question. What you need to know is are you in a position to give him the love he needs. And whatever happens or doesn't happen will be equally gratifying, knowing that you are capable of love is enough. If it isn't him, it will be someone else Don't try to keep a safe distance so as to see what happens. Don't wait to be certain before you take a step. What you give, you will receive, although it might sometimes come from the place you least expect.
The search can be as interesting as the fear you feel, as long as you overcome that fear.
Perhaps they needn't even believe - it was enough that they needed angels, and the angels would return gladly.
And the best way to know who we are is often to find out how others see us.
It is not necessary to move mountains in order to prove one's faith.
Haven't you learned anything, not even with the approach of death? Stop thinking all the time that you're in the way, that you're bothering the person next to you. If people don't like it, they can complain. And if they don't have the courage to complain, that's their problem.
Before commencing battle, the Warrior of Light opens his heart and asks God to inspire him.
To the warriors of light, there is no such thing as impossible love. They don't allow themselves to be intimidated by silence, or by rejection. They know that behind the icy mask people wear there is a heart of fire. That is why the warriors risk more than others. They tirelessly seek love even if this means hearing, many times over, the word 'no', returning home defeated, feeling rejected in body and soul. Warriors don't allow themselves to be discouraged. Without love, live has no meaning.
One can abandon one's personal legend for a time, as long as one does not forget about it entirely and returns to it as soon as possible.
The Warrior knows the value of persistence and of courage.
On some nights, he has nowhere to sleep, on others he suffers from insomnia. "That's just how it is," thinks the warrior. "I was the one who chose to walk this path.".
The glory of the world is transitory, and we should not measure our lives by it, but by the choice we make to follow our personal legend, to believe in our utopias, and to fight for our dreams.
No one can manipulate anyone else. In any relationship, both parties know what they're doing. even if one complains later on that they were used.
Publishing is in a kind of Jurassic age.
It's not what enters men's mouth that is evil," said the alchemist. It's what comes out of their mouths that is.
You need to change yourself. The moment that you change yourself it is a gigantic step. And this is what I do. The book is much more important than the writer.
Only my insanity keeps me sane in today's world.
Behind a cold face there is always an insecure heart.
Simply having the courage to say senseless things made me euphoric. I was free, with no need to seek or to give explanations for what I was doing. This freedom lifted me to the heavens - where greater love, one that forgives everything and never allows you to feel abandoned, once again enveloped me.
I love you', though, were three words she had often heard during her twenty-two years, and it seemed to her that they were now completely devoid of meaning, because they had never turned into anything serious or deep, never translated into a lasting relationship.
Nobody plays this life with marked cards, so sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Do not expect anything in return, do not expect your efforts to be appreciated, your genius to be discovered, your love to be understood.
How many of us will be saved the pain of seeing the most important things in our lives disappearing from one moment to the next? I don't just mean people, but our ideas and dreams too: we might survive a day, a week, a few years, but we're all condemned to lose. Our body remains alive, yet sooner or later our soul will receive the mortal blow. The perfect crime - for we don't know who murdered our joy, what their motives were, or where the guilty parties are to be found...they too are the victims of the reality they created.
I refuse to walk faintly through life only to arrive safely at death!
She looked at her own past, and, for the first time, she forgave herself: it hadn't been her fault, but the fault of that insecure little boy, who had given up after the first attempt.
When you cease doubting, you have stopped moving forward.
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