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born 24 August 1947, Brazilian writer, author of The Alchemist

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

There is one great truth on this planet: 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

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

The boat is safer anchored at the port; but that's not the aim of boats.
Paulo Coelho

What is the real I? It's what you are, not what others make of you.
Paulo Coelho

You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each
day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.
Paulo Coelho

Our time on this earth is sacred, and we should celebrate every moment.
Paulo Coelho

The danger of an adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.
Paulo Coelho

It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
Paulo Coelho

No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the
world.
Paulo Coelho

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

It's necessary to take risks, and to follow certain paths whilst abandoning others. No one is
able to choose without fear.
Paulo Coelho

Warriors of the light are not perfect. Their beauty lies in accepting this fact and still desiring
to grow and to learn.
Paulo Coelho

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

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

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

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

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

We wouldn't worry nearly as much about what others thought of us if we recognize how
seldom they do.
Paulo Coelho

Certain things in life simply have to be experienced and never explained. Love is such a thing.
Paulo Coelho

Don't listen to the malicious comments of those friends who, never taking any risks
themselves, can only see other people's failures.
Paulo Coelho

People make a lot of effort not to remember, not to accept their immense magical potential.
Paulo Coelho

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

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

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

Don't waste your time with explanations; people only hear what they want to hear.
Paulo Coelho

It is said that the darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn.
Paulo Coelho

The boy and his heart had become friends, and neither was capable now of betraying the
other.
Paulo Coelho

In the first place, you shouldn't believe in promises. The world is full of them: the promises of
riches, of eternal salvation, of infinite love. Some people think they can promise anything,
others accept whatever seems to guarantee better days ahead, as, I suspect is your case.
Those who make promises they don't keep end up powerless and frustrated, and exactly the
fate awaits those who believe promises.
Paulo Coelho

Try to live with the same intensity as a child. He doesn't ask for explanations; he dives into
each day as if it were a new adventure and, at night, sleeps tired and happy.
Paulo Coelho

The warriors of the light are not always sure about what it is they are doing here. They often
stay up all night, thinking their lives have no meaning. This is why they are warriors of the
light. Because they err. Because they question. Because they seek a reason – and they will
surely find it.
Paulo Coelho

To travel is the experience of ceasing to be the person you are trying to be, and becoming
the person you really are.
Paulo Coelho

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