A writer once said that it is not time that changes man, nor knowledge; the only thing that can change someone's mind is love. What nonsense! The person who wrote that clearly knew only one side of the coin.

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: Brazilian

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They went to university because someone, at a time when universities seemed important, said that in order to rise in the world, you had to have a degree. And thus the world was deprived of some excellent gardeners, bakers, antique dealers, sculptors, and writers.

With great pleasure she did what was forbidden, because the great advantage of being there was not having to respect the rules and not even having to put up with any major consequences if you broke them.

To live is to love, everything else is just details.

Do what your heart commands, and God will be happy.

Love rules, but no one knows where it has its throne; in order to know that secret place, you must first submit to Love.

It isn't love (or is it?), but that doesn't matter. My love belongs to me and I'm free to offer it to whomever I choose, even if it's unrequited. Of course, it would be great if it were requited, but if not, who cares.

None of us can know what tomorrow will hold, because each day has its good and its bad moments.

With love, there are no rules. Some may try to control their emotions and develop strategies for their behavior; others may turn to reading books of advice from "experts" on relationships - but this is all folly. The heart decides, and what it decides is all that really matters.

She could no longer control her fear.

I want to feel the rain on my face, to smile at any man I feel attracted to, to accept all the coffees men might buy for me. I want to kiss my mother, tell her I love her, weep in her lap, unashamed of showing my feelings, because they were always there even though I hid them.

When you repeat a mistake, it is not a mistake anymore: it is a decision.

While you've been away, I've been copying poems out in a book so that I could whisper them to you as you fell asleep.

Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.

Men love to explain things, and they have opinions on everything.