Paulo Coelho Quotes

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Paulo Coelho de Souza is a novelist, writer and author who is very famous for his best-selling book, The Alchemist which sold over 150 million copies worldwide. Other books that have been published by Paulo Coelho are Eleven Minutes, Veronika Decides to Die, The Pilgrimage, The Zahir, Brida as well as many others.

Here are some famous Paulo Coelho quotes about faith, love, life, smile, happiness, beauty, success, failure and The Alchemist:

Famous Paulo Coelho Quotes

Famous Paulo Coelho Quotes

1. Tears are words that need to be written. -Paulo Coelho

2. Every blessing ignored becomes a curse. -Paulo Coelho

3. You must always know what it is that you want. -Paulo Coelho

4. Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him. -Paulo Coelho

5. People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves. -Paulo Coelho

6. Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear. -Paulo Coelho

7. Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. -Paulo Coelho

8. To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.

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9. Your eyes show the strength of your soul. -Paulo Coelho

10. Sometimes there’s just no way to hold back the river. -Paulo Coelho

11. If I am really a part of your dream, you’ll come back one day. -Paulo Coelho

12. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey. -Paulo Coelho

13. When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself. -Paulo Coelho

14. Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering. -Paulo Coelho

15. Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realize that nothing really belongs to them. -Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Faith

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Faith

16. It is said that all people who are happy have God within them. -Paulo Coelho

17. None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith. -Paulo Coelho

18. God only rarely reveals the future. When he does so, it is for one reason: it’s a future that was written so as to be altered.

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19. 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. -Paulo Coelho

20. But if you believe yourself worthy of the thing you fought so hard to get, then you become an instrument of God, you help the Soul of the World, and you understand why you are here. -Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Love

21. The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility. -Paulo Coelho

22. Because true love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny. -Paulo Coelho

23. One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving. -Paulo Coelho

24. So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you. -Paulo Coelho

25. Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time. -Paulo Coelho

26. In real life, love has to be possible. Even if it is not returned right away, love can only survive when the hope exists that you will be able to win over the person you desire. -Paulo Coelho

27. 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. -Paulo Coelho

28. It was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than of anything in the world. He had been told by his parents and grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed. But maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language. Because, when you know that language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.

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29. The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us. -Paulo Coelho

30. 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. -Paulo Coelho

31. 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. -Paulo Coelho

32. This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you. -Paulo Coelho

33. Anyone who is in love is making love the whole time, even when they’re not. When two bodies meet, it is just the cup overflowing. They can stay together for hours, even days. They begin the dance one day and finish it the next, or–such is the pleasure they experience–they may never finish it. No eleven minutes for them. -Paulo Coelho

34. But love is always new. Regardless of whether we love once, twice, or a dozen times in our life, we always face a brand-new situation. Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere. We simply have to accept it, because it is what nourishes our existence. If we reject it, we die of hunger, because we lack the courage to stretch out a hand and pluck the fruit from the branches of the tree of life. We have to take love where we find it, even if that means hours, days, weeks of disappointment and sadness. -Paulo Coelho

35. I’ve been in love before, it’s like a narcotic. At first it brings the euphoria of complete surrender. The next day you want more. You’re not addicted yet, but you like the sensation, and you think you can still control things. You think about the person you love for two minutes then forget them for three hours. But then you get used to that person, and you begin to be completely dependent on them. Now you think about him for three hours and forget him for two minutes. If he’s not there, you feel like an addict who can’t get a fix. And just as addicts steal and humiliate themselves to get what they need, you’re willing to do anything for love. -Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Life

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Life

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

37. Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life. -Paulo Coelho

38. Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. -Paulo Coelho

39. 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. -Paulo Coelho

40. 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. -Paulo Coelho

41. 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. -Paulo Coelho

42. 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. -Paulo Coelho

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

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44. Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly. -Paulo Coelho

45. 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. -Paulo Coelho

46. Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle. -Paulo Coelho

47. 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. -Paulo Coelho

48. 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. -Paulo Coelho

49. 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? -Paulo Coelho

50. I’m alive. When I’m eating that’s all I think about. If I’m on the march, I just concentrate on marching. If I have to fight, it will be just as good a day as any to die. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life is the moment we are living now. -Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes On Smile

Paulo Coelho Quotes On Smile

51. Hide your craziness behind a beautiful smile. That’s all you need. -Paulo Coelho

52. Keeping a smile on your lips even when you’re on the verge of tears. Feeling sorry for those who show their feelings.

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52. Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile. -Paulo Coelho

53. Why are we smiling when we loathe each other?’ ‘Why do we sell happiness to the readers of this magazine when we are profoundly unhappy ourselves, the slaves of fame? -Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Happiness

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Happiness

54. Happiness is the only goal worth pursuing. -Paulo Coelho

55. A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires. -Paulo Coelho

56. The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.

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57. Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided. -Paulo Coelho

58. I am not happy, and the quest for happiness as a principal objective is not part of my world. Of course, ever since I can remember, I have done what I felt like doing. -Paulo Coelho

59. 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. -Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes On Beauty

Paulo Coelho Quotes On Beauty

60. Investing a lot of time and money in external beauty and caring little about internal beauty. -Paulo Coelho

61. Beauty is the greatest seducer of man.

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62. The beauty of truth: whether it is bad or good, it is liberating. -Paulo Coelho

63. Outer beauty is inner beauty made visible, and it manifests itself in the light that flows in our eyes. -Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Success

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Success

64. You are what you believe yourself to be. -Paulo Coelho

65. People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of. -Paulo Coelho

66. What is success? It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace. -Paulo Coelho

67. If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule. Never lie to yourself.

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68. If you don’t care about what people think, you already passed the first step of success. -Paulo Coelho

69. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too. -Paulo Coelho

70. Success does not come from having one’s work recognized by others. It is the fruit of the seed that you lovingly planted. -Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Failure

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Failure

71. My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer. -Paulo Coelho

72. People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them. -Paulo Coelho

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

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74. 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. -Paulo Coelho

75. 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. -Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Friendship

Paulo Coelho Quotes About Friendship

76. When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive. -Paulo Coelho

77. 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.

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78. 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. -Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho The Alchemist Quotes

Paulo Coelho The Alchemist Quotes

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

80. You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say. -Paulo Coelho

81. And, when you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward. -Paulo Coelho

82. 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. -Paulo Coelho

83. If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work towards getting it. -Paulo Coelho

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

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

86. There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey. -Paulo Coelho

87. 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. -Paulo Coelho

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

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89. Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. -Paulo Coelho

90. Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart. -Paulo Coelho

91. 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. -Paulo Coelho

92. 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. -Paulo Coelho

93. You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say. That way, you’ll never have to fear an unanticipated blow. -Paulo Coelho

94. 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. -Paulo Coelho

95. Making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision. -Paulo Coelho

96. 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. -Paulo Coelho

97. Don’t think about what you’ve left behind” The alchemist said to the boy as they began to ride across the sands of the desert. “If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return. -Paulo Coelho

98. The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.

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99. When you possess great treasures within you and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed. -Paulo Coelho

100. It’s not what enters men’s mouth that is evil,” said the alchemist. “It’s what comes out of their mouths that is. -Paulo Coelho

101. Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place. -Paulo Coelho

102. If good things are coming, they will be a pleasant surprise,” said the seer. “If bad things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur. -Paulo Coelho

103. I have inside me the winds, the deserts, the oceans, the stars, and everything created in the universe. We were all made by the same hand, and we have the same soul. -Paulo Coelho

104. Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth. -Paulo Coelho

105. Intense, unexpected suffering passes more quickly than suffering that is apparently bearable; the latter goes on for years and, without our noticing, eats away at our souls, until, one day, we are no longer able to free ourselves from the bitterness and it stays with us for the rest of our lives. -Paulo Coelho

106. When someone sees the same people every day, as had happened with him at the seminary, they wind up becoming a part of that person’s life. And then they want the person to change. 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. -Paulo Coelho

107. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning. -Paulo Coelho

108. Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon. -Paulo Coelho