Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Brazilian lyricist and novelist
24 August 1947 —

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

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Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.

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

When someone leaves, it's because someone else is about to arrive.

Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.

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

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When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.

Life moves very fast. It rushes from heaven to hell in a matter of seconds.

We always know which is the best road to follow, but we follow only the road that we have become accustomed to.

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.

Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose - and commit myself to - what is best for me.

Anyone who is in love is making love the whole time, even when they're not.

Our true friends are those who are with us when the good things happen. They cheer us on and are pleased by our triumphs. False friends only appear at difficult times, with their sad, supportive faces, when, in fact, our suffering is serving to console them for their miserable lives.

Love is not a habit, a commitment, or a debt. It isn`t what romantic songs tell us it is - love simply is.

They say that in the second before our death, each of us understands the real reason for our existence, and out of that moment, Heaven or Hell is born. Hell is when we look back during that fraction of a second and know that we wasted an opportunity to dignify the miracle of life. Paradise is being able to say at that moment: "I made some mistakes, but I wasn`t a coward. I lived my life and did what I had to do."

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