Quotes from the works of Paulo Coehlo

Choosing one path means abandoning others – if you try to follow every possible path you will end up following none.

Face your path with courage, don’t be scared of people’s criticism. And, above all, don’t let yourself get paralyzed by your own criticism.

The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.

Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

-Old King to Santiago

The boy didn’t know what a person’s “destiny” was.

“It’s what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their destiny… It’s a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your destiny. It prepares your spirit and you will, because 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.”

-Old King to Santiago

It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.

-Santiago thinking..

People learn early in their lives what is their reason for being. Maybe that’s why they give up on it so early, too.

-Old King to Santiago

All things are one.

Old King to Santiago

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.

There was nothing to hold him back except himself.

Santiago thinking…

Everything on earth is being continuously transformed, because the earth is alive … and it has a soul. We are part of that soul, so we rarely recognize that it is working for us.

Englishman to Santiago

If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man…Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.

Camel driver to Santiago

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


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.

If I must be faithful to someone or something, then I have, first of all, to be faithful to myself.

Anyone who is in love is making love the whole time, even when they’re not. When two bodies meet, it is just the cup overflowing.

Everything that is done in the present affects the future in the form of consequences and affects the past in the form of redemption.
Paulo Coelho
Like the Flowing River.

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