Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho de Souza (born August 24, 1947) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He is the recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. Early in 2017 he has been nominated by the Albert Einstein Foundation as one of the 100 leading visionaries of our time. His novel The Alchemist has been translated into 81 languages.

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Laugh at your worries and insecurities. View your anxieties with humor. It will be difficult at first, but you’ll gradually get used to it.

Pain, loss and separation are inevitable on the path of love, and the only way of avoiding them is by deciding not to take that path at all. In order not to suffer, you have to renounce love. It was like putting out your own eyes in order not to see the bad things in life.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Hold the hand of the child within you. For this child, nothing is impossible.

The best way to be original is to be yourself.

Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

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

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

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.

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