Paulo Coelho de Souza is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He is the recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. His novel The Alchemist has been translated into 81 languages. According to The Washington Post, Paulo Coelho has sold an estimated 350 million books and is the all-time bestselling Portuguese-language author.
Publishers See Free Downloads As Threatening The Sales Of The Book.
There Is An Afterlife. I Am Convinced Of This.
In The United States, I Am A Great Success, But I Am Not A Celebrity.
I'd Have Stopped Writing Years Ago If It Were For The Money.
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.
Today, Writers Want To Impress Other Writers.
Writers Are Lampposts And Critics Are Dogs. Ask Lampposts What They Think About Dogs. Does The Dog Hurt The Lamppost?
I Don't Try To Control My Days.
I Had This Dream To Become A Writer Since I Was A Teenager.
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.
I Was Arrested Three Times And Tortured Once.
The Only Thing That Relaxes Me Is Archery. That's Why I Have To Have Apartments With Gardens.
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.
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.
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.
I Am A Catholic.
I Don't Set Out To Write About Spirituality; I Am Free To Do Something Different Every Time.
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.
I Can't Consciously Explain How People Feel After Reading My Books. All Is Too Personal.
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.
I Don't Go To Parties In General.
When A Person Really Desires Something, All The Universe Conspires To Help That Person To Realize His Dream.
You Drown Not By Falling Into A River, But By Staying Submerged In It.
The Wise Are Wise Only Because They Love. The Fool Are Fools Only Because They Think They Can Understand Love.
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.
Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing Can Substitute Experience.
You Have To Take Risks. We Will Only Understand The Miracle Of Life Fully When We Allow The Unexpected To Happen.
Everything That Happens Once Can Never Happen Again. But Everything That Happens Twice Will Surely Happen A Third Time.
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.
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.
Music For Me, It Demands Full Concentration.
When You Are Enthusiastic About What You Do, You Feel This Positive Energy. It's Very Simple.
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.
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.
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.
Myspace Is My Wife... Facebook Is My Mistress.
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.
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.
With All Due Respect, The Mona Lisa Is Overrated.
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.
Beauty Is The Greatest Seducer Of Man.
Waiting Is Painful. Forgetting Is Painful. But Not Knowing Which To Do Is The Worse Kind Of Suffering.
Let Us Be Absolutely Clear About One Thing: We Must Not Confuse Humility With False Modesty Or Servility.
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.
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.
One Is Loved Because One Is Loved. No Reason Is Needed For Loving.
Love Is A Trap. When It Appears, We See Only Its Light, Not Its Shadows.
Love Can Consign Us To Hell Or To Paradise, But It Always Takes Us Somewhere.
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.
No One Can Lie, No One Can Hide Anything, When He Looks Directly Into Someone's Eyes.