Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Brazilian lyricist and novelist
24 August 1947 —

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I don`t live in either my past or my future. I`m interested only in the present. 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 now.

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

The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.

Write them, above all, in your heart; there they can be neither burned nor destroyed, and you will take them wherever you go.

It`s always necessary to know when a stage of one`s life has ended. If you stubbornly cling to it after the need has passed, you lose the joy and meaning of the rest.

A child can always 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.

All life`s battles teach us something, even those we lose.

What is a teacher? I`ll tell you: it isn`t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.

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

Crying is a part of life. Never forget that you are free, and that to show your emotions is not shameful.

We must fight for our dreams, and concentrate our efforts to that end. But we must not forget that life is made up of small pleasures. They were placed here to encourage us.

At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what`s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That`s the world`s greatest lie.

Do not ask yourself if your love is big enough, because love is neither big nor small, it is simply love.

When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.

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

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