Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Paulo Coelho quotes that will soothe your aching soul

Paulo Coelho (born August 24, 1947) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist and the recipient of numerous international awards. His considered one of the most influential authors of our times. Coelho is best known for his widely translated novel The Alchemist. His books have sold more than 165 million copies worldwide, have been released in 170 countries and been translated into 80 languages. 

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” (The Alchemist)

“It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” (The Alchemist)

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” (The Alchemist)

“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” (The Alchemist)

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” (The Alchemist)

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” (The Alchemist)

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.” (The Alchemist)

“Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.” 

“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path.” 

“When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.” (Eleven Minutes)

“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it.” (The Alchemist)

“Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.” (Brida)

“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” (Brida)

“Don't waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.” 

“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.” (The Devil and Miss Prym)

“Tears are words that need to be written.” 

“If I am really a part of your dream, you'll come back one day.” 

“Don't give in to your fears. If you do, you won't be able to talk to your heart.” (The Alchemist)

“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” (Veronika Decides to Die)

“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.” (The Fifth Mountain)

“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?” (Eleven Minutes)

“Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.” (By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept)

“If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him.” (By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept)

“When someone leaves, it's because someone else is about to arrive.” (The Zahir)

“Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.” (Eleven Minutes)

“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.” (Brida)

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” (The Alchemist)

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” (The Alchemist)

“When we meet someone and fall in love, we have a sense that the whole universe is on our side. And yet if something goes wrong, there is nothing left! How is it possible for the beauty that was there only minutes before to vanish so quickly? Life moves very fast. It rushes from heaven to hell in a matter of seconds.” (Eleven Minutes)

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” (The Alchemist)

“You are what you believe yourself to be.” (The Witch of Portobello)

“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.” (Eleven Minutes)

“People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.” (Veronika Decides to Die)

“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.” (The Alchemist)

“If someone isn't what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” (The Alchemist)

“Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time.” (The Devil and Miss Prym)

“No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it” (Eleven Minutes)

“I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.” (The Alchemist)

“Your eyes show the strength of your soul.” 

“How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.” (Brida)

“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.” (The Witch of Portobello)

“The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.” (Eleven Minutes)

“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.” (The Alchemist)

“After all, what is happiness? Love, they tell me. But love doesn't bring and never has brought happiness. On the contrary, it's a constant state of anxiety, a battlefield; it's sleepless nights, asking ourselves all the time if we're doing the right thing. Real love is composed of ecstasy and agony.” (The Witch Of Portobello)

“What's the world's greatest lie?... It's this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.” 

“I’ve learned that waiting is the most difficult bit, and I want to get used to the feeling, knowing that you’re with me, even when you’re not by my side.” (Eleven Minutes)

“Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant.” (Eleven Minutes)

“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?" the boy asked.
"Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.” (The Alchemist)

“Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.” (The Alchemist)

“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it's better to listen to what it has to say.” (The Alchemist)

“Be crazy! But learn how to be crazy without being the center of attention. Be brave enough to live different.” (Veronika Decides to Die)

“Stay mad, but behave like normal people. Run the risk of being different, but learn to do so without attracting attention.” 

“We pretend to be strong because we are weak.” 

“Why is patience so important?"
"Because it makes us pay attention.” 

“If you start by promising what you don't even have yet, you'll lose your desire to work towards getting it.” (The Alchemist)

“Don't allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily” 

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

“Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life.” (The Alchemist)

“Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only its light, not its shadows.” (By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept)

“Really important meetings are planned by the souls long before the bodies see each other."

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

“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. God chose you to be different. Why are you disappointing God with this kind of attitude?” (Veronika Decides to Die)

“You have two choices, to control your mind or to let your mind control you.” (Veronika Decides to Die)

“If you love someone, you must be prepared to set them free.” (The Winner Stands Alone)

“And, when you can't go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.” (The Alchemist)

“A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.” 

“People want to change everything and, at the same time, want it all to remain the same.” (The Devil and Miss Prym)

“It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn't matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.” (The Zahir)

“It takes a huge effort to free yourself from memory” (Aleph)

“Nothing in this world happens by chance” (Veronika Decides to Die)

“Ever since time began, people have recognized their true Love by the light in their eyes.” 

“Because you believed I was capable of behaving decently, I did.” (The Devil and Miss Prym)

“We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body.” (The Pilgrimage)

“To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation.” (The Alchemist)

“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him.” (The Alchemist)

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