Paulo Coelho -Favorite Quotes
25 6.6 01. The Witch of Portobello - Paulo Coelho
“"They say that extroverts are unhappier than introverts and have to compensate for this by constantly proving to themselves how happy and contented and at ease with life they are."”
“"Everything, absolutely everything on this earth makes sense, and even the smallest things are worthy of our consideration."”
"In order for us to liberate the energy of our strength, our weakness must first have a chance to reveal itself."
"Try to feel good about yourself even when you feel like the least worthy of creatures. Reject all those negative thoughts and let the Mother take possession of your body and soul; surrender yourself to dance or to silence or to ordinary, everyday activities—like taking your son to school, preparing supper, making sure the house is tidy. Everything is worship if your mind is focused on the present moment."
"Reprogram yourself every minute of each day with thoughts that make you grow. When you’re feeling irritated or confused, try to laugh at yourself. Laugh out loud at this woman tormented by doubts and anxieties, convinced that her problems are the most important thing in the world. Laugh at the sheer absurdity of the situation, at the fact that despite being a manifestation of the Mother, you still believe God is a man who lays down the rules. Most of our problems stem from just that—from following rules."
"Music isn’t just something that comforts or distracts us, it goes beyond that—it’s an ideology. You can judge people by the kind of music they listen to."
38 7.7 02. The Zahir: A Novel of Love, Longing and Obse... - Paulo Coelho
“I had to lose her in order to understand that the taste of things recovered is the sweetest honey we will ever know.”
“Stop being who you were and become who you are.”
“There is nothing worse than the feeling that no one cares whether we exists or not, that no one is interested in what we have to say about life, and that the world can continue turning without our awkward presence”
“Being with someone else and making that person feel as if they were of no importance in our life is far worse than feeling alone and miserable”
"All you have to do is to pay attention; lessons always arrive when you are ready, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step."
“Esther asks why people are sad. “‘That’s simple,’ says the old man. ‘They are the prisoners of their personal history. Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or if it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people’s ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.’
"In the words of a Persian sage: Love is a disease no one wants to get rid of. Those who catch it never try to get better, and those who suffer do not wish to be cured."
60 7.1 03. By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept - Paulo Coelho
“No single day is the same as any other and each morning brings its own special miracle, its magic moments in which ancient universes are destroyed and new stars are created.”
"The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us."
"Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering."
"You have to take risks, he said. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen."
“Some people always have to be doing battle with someone, sometimes even with themselves, battling with their own lives. So they begin to create a kind of play in their head, and they write the script based on their frustrations.”
"The universe always helps us fight for our dreams, no matter how foolish they may be. Our dreams are our own, and only we can know the effort required to keep them alive.”
"But love is much like a dam: if you allow a tiny crack to form through which only a trickle of water can pass, that trickle will quickly bring down the whole structure, and soon no one will be able to control the force of the current. For when those walls come down, then love takes over, and it no longer matters what is possible or impossible; it doesn’t even matter whether we can keep the loved one at our side. To love is to lose control."
"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."
128 7.6 04. Veronika Decides to Die - Paulo Coelho
“In adolescence she thought it was too early to choose, now in youth she was convinced it was too late to change.”
“An awareness of death encourages to live more intensely.”
“Stay insane, but behave like normal people. Run the risk of being different, but learn to do so without attracting attention. Allow the real “I” to reveal itself. It’s what you are, not what others make of you.”
“A schizophrenic is a person who already has a natural tendency to absent himself from this world.”
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.”
Everyone is indeed crazy, but the craziest are the ones who don’t know they’re crazy; they just keep repeating what others tell them to.
"Basically everything that happens in our life is our fault and ours alone. A lot of people go through the same difficulties we went through, and they react completely differently. We looked for the easiest way out: a separate reality.”
80 7.7 05. Eleven Minutes - Paulo Coelho
“At every moment of our lives we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss.”
“It is not time that changes man, nor knowledge; the only thing that can change someone's mind is love.”
“While she was waiting for her Prince Charming to appear, all she could do was dream.”
That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it.
All my life, I thought of love as some kind of voluntary enslavement. Well, that’s a lie: freedom only exists when love is present. The person who gives him or herself wholly, the person who feels freest, is the person who loves most wholeheartedly.
Certain things cannot be shared. Nor can we be afraid of the oceans into which we plunge of our own free will; fear cramps everyone’s style. Man goes through hell in order to understand this. Love one another, but let’s not try to possess one another.
13 6.4 06. Manual of The Warrior of Light - Paulo Coelho
“The Warrior of the Light uses fear as an engine, not as a brake.”
“In order to have faith in his own path, he does not need to prove that someone else's path is wrong.”
“A warrior of light does not rely on strength alone, he makes use of his opponent's energy too.
That is why they are Warriors of the Light. Because they make mistakes, because they ask themselves questions, because they are looking for a reason they are sure to find it.
“A warrior takes every opportunity to teach himself.”
97 7.6 07. The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your ... - Paulo Coelho
“You will never be able to escape from your heart.So its better to listen to what it has to say.That way you will never have to fear an unanticipated blow.”
“People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want.”
“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.”
“"Courage is the quality most essential to reading the language of the world"”
“"People learn, early in their lives, what is their reason for being. Maybe that's why they give up on it so early, too."”
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
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