Paulo Coelho Quotes

Today, writers want to impress other writers.

Writers Quotes

Writers are lampposts and critics are dogs. Ask lampposts what they think about dogs. Does the dog hurt the lamppost?

Writers Quotes

I'm not saying that love always takes you to heaven. Your life can become a nightmare. But that said, it is worth taking the risk.

Love Quotes, Life Quotes, Risk Quotes, Heaven Quotes, Worth Quotes


All women have a perception much more developed than men. So all women somehow, being repressed for so many millennia, they ended up by developing this sixth sense and contemplation and love. And this is something that we have a hard time to accept as part of our society.

Love Quotes, Time Quotes, Perception Quotes, Women Quotes, Men Quotes

My connection with Brazil is so abstract. My blood and my way of thinking is Brazilian, but that's it. I don't tend to go back to the past, and although I have an apartment there, I rarely visit. When I move, I really move.

Thinking Quotes

When I'm dancing, I'm not thinking about anything. I am here. I am totally there. You know? And the feeling is a sensation of being away from myself. My soul dances with the angels, and my body dances with my wife.

Feeling Quotes, Thinking Quotes

Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering.

Pain Quotes, Suffering Quotes

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.

Fear Quotes, Heart Quotes, Suffering Quotes

I think you can have 10,000 explanations for failure, but no good explanation for success.

Success Quotes, Failure Quotes

In the United States, I am a great success, but I am not a celebrity.

Success Quotes, Great Quotes

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

Life Quotes, Reality Quotes, Simplicity Quotes

Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be.

Concentration Quotes, Simplicity Quotes

We want to answer this classical question, who am I? So I think that most of our works are for art, or whatever we do, including science or religion, tried to answer that question.

Work Quotes, Art Quotes, Religion Quotes, Science Quotes

Everything for me is sacred, beginning with earth, but also going to things made by man.

Beginning Quotes, Sacred Quotes

I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.

Life Quotes, Control Quotes, Exercise Quotes, Patience Quotes, Respect Quotes, Art Quotes, Nature Quotes

With all due respect, the Mona Lisa is overrated.

Respect Quotes

In writing, I apply my feminine side and respect the mystery involved in creation.

Respect Quotes, Creation Quotes, Mystery Quotes

The major religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, they deny somehow that God has a feminine face. However, if you go to the holy texts, you see there is this feminine presence.

God Quotes, Christianity Quotes, Religion Quotes

The gigantic tension before the shooting of an arrow, and the total relaxation seconds later, is my way of connecting to the universe.

Relaxation Quotes

The more in harmony with yourself you are, the more joyful you are and the more faithful you are. Faith is not to disconnect you from reality - it connects you to reality.

Faith Quotes, Reality Quotes, Harmony Quotes

Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.

Problems Quotes

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

Potential Quotes

I wanted to write when I was young, but people said it was impossible. Then my parents locked me in a mental institution - they said I was crazy and would never make a living from writing.

Parents Quotes

Jesus lived a life that was full of joy and contradictions and fights, you know? If they were to paint a picture of Jesus without contradictions, the gospels would be fake, but the contradictions are a sign of authenticity.

Life Quotes, Pain Quotes

The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes or other people's opinions.

Opportunity Quotes, Opinion Quotes, Mistakes Quotes

We have to stop and be humble enough to understand that there is something called mystery.

Mystery Quotes

Music for me, it demands full concentration.

Concentration Quotes, Music Quotes

My literature is much more the result of a paradox than that of an implacable logic, typical of police novels. The paradox is the tension that exists in my soul.

Literature Quotes, Logic Quotes

What I can say is that all my characters are searching for their souls, because they are my mirrors. I'm someone who is constantly trying to understand my place in the world, and literature is the best way that I found in order to see myself.

Character Quotes, Literature Quotes

You're always learning. The problem is, sometimes you stop and think you understand the world. This is not correct. The world is always moving. You never reach the point you can stop making an effort.

Effort Quotes, Learning Quotes

Let us be absolutely clear about one thing: we must not confuse humility with false modesty or servility.

Humility Quotes

Elegance is usually confused with superficiality, fashion, lack of depth. This is a serious mistake: human beings need to have elegance in their actions and in their posture because this word is synonymous with good taste, amiability, equilibrium and harmony.

Action Quotes, Ability Quotes, Harmony Quotes

Happiness is just another of the tricks that our genetic system plays on us to carry out its only role, which is the survival of the species.

Happiness Quotes

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.

Happiness Quotes

I walk every day, and I look at the mountains and the fields and the small city, and I say: 'Oh my God, what a blessing.' Then you realise it's important to put it in a context beyond this woman, this man, this city, this country, this universe.

God Quotes, Important Quotes

Twitter is my bar. I sit at the counter and listen to the conversations, starting others, feeling the atmosphere.

Feeling Quotes

It's not difficult for me to put my feelings into written form. I try to be concise and to go direct to the subject. This is what people like about my work, and what the critics hate.

Work Quotes, Feeling Quotes

I can control my destiny, but not my fate. Destiny means there are opportunities to turn right or left, but fate is a one-way street. I believe we all have the choice as to whether we fulfil our destiny, but our fate is sealed.

Choice Quotes, Control Quotes, Destiny Quotes, Fate Quotes

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

Risk Quotes, Experience Quotes

I lived in a dictatorship in Brazil, and I was arrested three times. I felt in my flesh what it is to live under such a regime and experience deprivation of freedom.

Freedom Quotes, Time Quotes, Experience Quotes

Writing is a solitary experience. I'm extremely superstitious. If I talk about the book or name the title out loud before finishing, I feel the energy I need to write will be drained. It's so intimate, I can't even share it with my wife.

Energy Quotes, Experience Quotes

When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It's very simple.

Energy Quotes

However happy people say they are, nobody is satisfied: we always have to be with the prettiest woman, buy a bigger house, change cars, desire what we do not have.

Change Quotes, Desire Quotes

When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.

Help Quotes, Desire Quotes

If you start by promising what you don't even have yet, you'll lose your desire to work towards getting it.

Work Quotes, Desire Quotes

I don't try to control my days.

Control Quotes

Every day I try to be in communication with the universe in an unconscious way.

Communication Quotes

I have spent every New Year's Eve since 1992 in Lourdes. I spend the hour of my birth every year in the grotto. It's a place with meaning for me.

Birth Quotes

Beauty is the greatest seducer of man.

Great Quotes, Beauty Quotes

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.

Balance Quotes

4 Top Paulo Coelho quotes about Thought

I was not encouraged to follow the career of a writer because my parents thought that I was going to starve to death. They thought nobody can make a living from being a writer in Brazil. They were not wrong.

Death Quotes, Courage Quotes, Parents Quotes, Thought Quotes

It took me 40 years to write my first book. When I was a child, I was encouraged to go to school. I was not encouraged to follow the career of a writer because my parents thought that I was going to starve to death.

Death Quotes, Courage Quotes, Parents Quotes, Thought Quotes

Once I found this possibility to use Twitter and Facebook and my blog to connect to my readers, I'm going to use it, to connect to them and to share thoughts that I cannot use in the book.

Thought Quotes

Writing means sharing. It's part of the human condition to want to share things - thoughts, ideas, opinions.

Opinion Quotes, Thought Quotes, Ideas Quotes, Sharing Quotes

5 Famous Paulo Coelho quotes about Money

I believe enlightenment or revelation comes in daily life. I look for joy, the peace of action. You need action. I'd have stopped writing years ago if it were for the money.

Life Quotes, Action Quotes, Money Quotes

I always was a rich person because money's not related to happiness.

Rich Quotes, Happiness Quotes, Money Quotes

I'd have stopped writing years ago if it were for the money.

Money Quotes

Of course, to have money is just great because you can do what you think is important to you.

Great Quotes, Important Quotes, Money Quotes

Of course, to have money is just great because you can do what you think is important to you. I always was a rich person because money's not related to happiness.

Great Quotes, Important Quotes, Rich Quotes, Happiness Quotes, Money Quotes

5 Popular Paulo Coelho quotes about Love

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

Love Quotes

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

Love Quotes

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

Love Quotes

I love almost everything about my work except conferences. I am too shy in front of an audience. But I love signings and having eye contact with a reader who already knows my soul.

Love Quotes, Work Quotes

Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere.

Love Quotes, Hell Quotes

6 Amazing Paulo Coelho quotes about Life

Everybody is a political person, whether you say something or you are silent. A political attitude is not whether you go to parliament; it's how you deal with your life, with your surroundings.

Attitude Quotes, Life Quotes

Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.

Life Quotes

There is an afterlife. I am convinced of this.

Life Quotes

What interests me in life is curiosity, challenges, the good fight with its victories and defeats.

Life Quotes, Challenge Quotes, Curiosity Quotes

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.

Life Quotes, Risk Quotes

Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.

Life Quotes, Dreams Quotes, Fear of Failure Quotes

7 Awesome Paulo Coelho quotes about Time

I don't set out to write about spirituality; I am free to do something different every time.

Spiritual Quotes, Time Quotes

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

Time Quotes

I have been practicing archery for a long time; a bow and arrow helps me to unwind.

Time Quotes

I tweet in the morning and the evening. To write 12 hours a day, there is a moment when you're really tired. It's my relaxing time.

Time Quotes

I was arrested three times and tortured once.

Time Quotes

I've done everything I wanted to do, even if I have had to pay a very high price - which has been the case most of the time.

Time Quotes

I talk to my readers on social networking sites, but I never tell them what the book is about. Writing is lonely, so from time to time I talk to them on the Internet. It's like chatting at a bar without leaving your office. I talk with them about a lot of things other than my books.

Time Quotes, Work Quotes