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Quotes of the day: Paulo Coelho

Published Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 10:42 PM EDT
Aug 23 2014

Paulo Coelho was born on August 24, 1947, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was a rebellious teenager and his parents committed him to an asylum three times. When Coelho was 38 years old, he had a spiritual awakening in Spain and wrote about it in his first book, The Pilgrimage. It was his second book, The Alchemist, which made him famous. He's sold 35 million copies and now writes about one book every two years. (Click here for full biography.com article)


Accumulating love brings luck, accumulating hatred brings calamity.

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.

At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss.

Be like the fountain that overflows, not like the cistern than merely contains.

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

Finding something important in life does not mean that you must give up everything else.

Go in search of your Gift. The more you understand yourself, the more you will understand the world.

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.

If I had to give you one piece of advice, it would be this: don't be intimidated by other people's opinions

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

If you have a past with which you feel dissatisfied, then forget it. Now.

If you rely only on experience, you'll simply keep applying old solutions to new problems.

It isn't expectations that carry us forward, it is our desire to go on.

It isn't what you did in the past that will affect the present. It's what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future.

It's always easy to blame others. You can spend your entire life blaming the world, but your successes or failures are entirely your own responsibility. You can try to stop time, but it's a complete waste of energy.

Laugh at your worries and insecurities. View your anxieties with humor.

Life is a dream from which we wake only when we meet death.

Life moves very fast. It rushes from heaven to hell in a matter of seconds.

Lovers need to know how to lose themselves and then how to find themselves again.

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

Our true friends are those who are with us when the good things happen. They cheer us on and are pleased by our triumphs. False friends only appear at difficult times, with their sad, supportive faces, when, in fact, our suffering is serving to console them for their miserable lives.

Past and future exist only in our memory. The present moment, though, is outside of time, it's Eternity.

Seek to live. Remembrance is for the old.

Stop being who you were and become who you are.

The first indication that we are killing our dreams is lack of time.
The second indication that our dreams are dead is certainty.
The third indication that our dreams are dead is peace

The gods throw the dice, and they don't ask whether we want to be in the game or not.

The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us.

The only way to make the right decision is to find out which is the wrong decision, to examing that other path without fear, and only then to decide.

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

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

There are moments in life when we need to trust to blind intuition.

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

Time neither moves nor is stationary. Time changes.

To live is to experience things, not sit around pondering the meaning of life.

Understand what is going on inside you and you will understand what is going on inside everyone else.

What can't be cured must be endured.

What hurts us is what heals us.

When I knocked, the door opened. When I looked, I found.

When there is no turning back, then we should concern ourselves only with the best way of going forward.

When we postpone the harvest, the fruit rots, but when we postpone our problems, they keep on growing.

When you cease doubting, you have stopped moving forward.

When you want something, the whole Universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

Wherever your heart is, that is where you'll find your treasure.

Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public.

You are someone who is different, but who wants to be the same as everyone else. And that in my view is a serious illness.

You are what you believe yourself to be.

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

You have two choices: to control your mind or to let your mind control you.

(August 24 is also the birthday of Max Beerbohm and Theodore Parker.)

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