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.

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: Brazilian

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He was learning a lot of new things. Some of them were things that he had already experienced, and weren't really new, but that he had never perceived before.

Everything which is done in the present, affects the future by consequence, and the past by redemption.

No matter how you are feeling, get up every morning and prepare to let your light shine forth.

But I'd like to see the castles in the towns where they live, the boy explained.

I'm a cornered tiger with nowhere to run; the only option that remains is to attack.

God always offers us a second chance in life.

The most difficult thing in this world is to adopt the spirit and attitude of a warrior. It is no use being sad, complaining, feeling unjustly treated, and believing someone is doing something negative. No one is doing anything, and certainly not to a warrior.

I'd be capable of doing almost anything, even leaving the woman I was living with, but I drew the line, of course, at giving away my books.

There are no risk in Love, as you'll find out for yourself. People have been searching for and finding each other for thousands of years. Suddenly, he realised that the might be wrong. There was always a risk, a single risk: that one person might meet with more thatn one Soulmate in the same incarnation...

It's nice to dream that we will have plenty of time in the future to do our travelling and that, one day, we will travel. It cheers us up because we know that we are capable of doing more than we do. Dreaming carries no risks. The dangerous thing is trying to transform your dreams into reality.

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.

How could an article about computers begin with such an idiotic opening line: Where is Slovenia?

At precisely the moment when he was looking for God with such intensity, despite everything and everyone, God had no pity on him.

I am two women: one wants to have all the joy, passion and adventure that life can give me. The other wants to be a slave to routine, to family life, to the things that can be planned and achieved. I'm a housewife and a prostitute, both of us living in the same body and doing battle with each other.