People don't learn when they're told, They should find out themselves.

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: Brazilian

People don't learn when they're told, They should find out themselves. Paulo Coelho

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I was arrested three times and tortured once.

God is here, right now, at our side. We can see him in this mist, in the ground we're walking on, even in my shoes. His angels keep watch while we sleep and help us in our work. In order to find God, you have only to look around.

When I was young, I was dazzled by all the things life could offer me. I thought I was capable of achieving all of them.

It takes a huge effort to free yourself from memory, but when you succeed, you start to realize that you're capable of far more than you imagined.

Patience. Kindness. Generosity. Humility. Courtesy. Unselfishness. Good temper. Guilelessness. Sincerity.

For those who are not frightened by the solitude that reveals all mysteries, everything will have a different taste.

Men dream more about coming home than about leaving.

I am always nearby, when someone wants to realize their destiny.

And he gave the boy his blessing. The boy could see in his father's gaze a desire to be able, himself, to travel the world—a desire that was still alive, despite his father's having had to bury it, over dozens of years, under the burden of struggling for water to drink, food to eat, and the same place to sleep every night of his life.

Sometimes, we need to be strangers to ourselves. Then the hidden light in our soul will illuminate what we need to see.

Instead of buying something for you that you want I give you something that is mine, truly mine. A gift, a sign of respect for the person I have in front of me. Now you have a little piece of me with you which I gave you freely and spontaniously.

When someone sees the same people every day, as had happened with him at the seminary, they wind up becoming a part of that person's life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn't what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone.

Life is not a holiday, but an education. And the most important lesson we can learn is how to love. How to love better.

When you are loved, you can do anything in creation.