20 Beautiful Lessons from Paulo Coelho

“When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.”
― Paulo Coelho from Eleven Minutes

“Passion makes a person stop eating, sleeping, working, feeling at peace. A lot of people are frightened because, when it appears, it demolishes all the old things it finds in its path.

No one wants their life thrown into chaos. That is why a lot of people keep that threat under control, and are somehow capable of sustaining a house or a structure that is already rotten. They are the engineers of the superseded.

Other people think exactly the opposite: they surrender themselves without a second thought, hoping to find in passion the solutions to all their problems. They make the other person responsible for their happiness and blame them for their possible unhappiness. They are either euphoric because something marvelous has happened or depressed because something unexpected has just ruined everything.

Keeping passion at bay or surrendering blindly to it – which of these two attitudes is the least destructive?

I don’t know.”
― Paulo Coelho from Eleven Minutes

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
― Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist

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“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
― Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist

“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 from Eleven Minutes

“When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive.”
― Paulo Coelho from The Zahir

“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

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
― Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist

“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

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“When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.”
― Paulo Coelho from Eleven Minutes

“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

“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 from The Devil and Miss Prym

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

“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”
― Paulo Coelho from 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.”
― Paulo Coelho from Veronika Decides to Die

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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 from The Fifth Mountain

“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 from The Alchemist

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
― Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist

“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.

The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us.”
― Paulo Coelho from By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

“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 from The Alchemist

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