Every day, God gives us the sun — and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy.

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: Brazilian

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Her devout mother would say: God knows the past, the present and the future. In that case, He had placed her in this world in the full knowledge that she would end up killing herself, and He would not be shocked by her actions.

You feel that nothing you have learned has put down roots, that while you're capable of entering the magical universe, you cannot remain submerged in it. You feel that all of this may be nothing but a fantasy dreamed up by people to fend off their fear of death.

That is why I write - to try to turn sadness into longing, solitude into remembrance.

We are all pilgrims in search of the unknown.

No one can go back, but everyone ca go forward. And tomorrow, when the sun rises,all you have to say to yourself is:I am going to think this day as the first day of my life.

I lost the most precious thing a man can have: my faith in my fellow man. I laughed and I wept at God's irony, at the absurd way he had chosen to demonstrate to me that I was an instrument of Good and Evil.

Anyone who knows God cannot describe Him. Anyone who can describe God does not know Him.

Men always have their reasons. But the fact is that they always wind up leaving.

Evidently this safety is completely false; no one can control anything, and a change always appears at the moment one least expects it, taking us surprise and with no chance to react or fight.

The Secret of Happiness lies in looking at all the wonders of the world and never forgetting the two drops of oil in the spoon.

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.

Love, then, is ‘the fulfilling of the Law'. Love is the rule that contains all the other rules. Love is the commandment that justifies all the other commandments. Love is the secret of life.

Sometimes, we are so attached to our way of life that we turn down wonderful opportunities simply because we don't know what to do with it.

Sometimes it's better to be with the sheep, who don't say anything. And better still to be alone with one's books. They tell their incredible stories at the time when you want to hear them. But when you're talking to people, they say some things that are so strange that you don't know how to continue the conversation.