Paulo Coelho Quotes – On A Successful Life, Love & The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian author who has written many best-selling books, including “The Alchemist,” “The Pilgrimage,” and “Brida.”

Coelho, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, began writing professionally in the 1980s, and has since become one of the most widely read authors in the world. His books often explore spiritual themes, and his quotes are widely used around the world.

Paulo Coelho quotes – from his published books and spoken word – all show a spiritual side to his thinking and living. There are overarching themes on the beauty of love, the importance of gratitude, going after your desires in life and the most important journey of learning about yourself.

His words are simple and gentle, yet powerful and inspiring:

Paulo Coelho Quotes 


“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” Paulo Coelho

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“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Paulo Coelho


“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” Paulo Coelho


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“Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.” Paulo Coelho


“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” Paulo Coelho


“The more in harmony with yourself you are, the more joyful you are and the more faithful you are. Faith is not to disconnect you from reality – it connects you to reality.” Paulo Coelho


“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.” Paulo Coelho


“When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.” Paulo Coelho


“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” Paulo Coelho


“Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.” Paulo Coelho


“I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life.” Paulo Coelho


“You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.” Paulo Coelho


“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” Paulo Coelho


Paulo Coelho Quotes on Love


“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” Paulo Coelho

paulo coelho quotes on love


“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” Paulo Coelho


“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” Paulo Coelho


“Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.” Paulo Coelho


“Love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny.” Paulo Coelho


“Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only its light, not its shadows.” Paulo Coelho


“Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere.” Paulo Coelho


Paulo Coelho Quotes on Life


“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” Paulo Coelho

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“Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.” Paulo Coelho


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


“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” Paulo Coelho


“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” Paulo Coelho


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


“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” Paulo Coelho


“People want to change everything and, at the same time want it all to remain the same.” Paulo Coelho


“Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.” Paulo Coelho


“I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.” Paulo Coelho


“Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.” Paulo Coelho


“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.” Paulo Coelho


Paulo Coelho Quotes on Success


“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Paulo Coelho


paulo coelho quotes on success


“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” Paulo Coelho


“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” Paulo Coelho


“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” Paulo Coelho


“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” Paulo Coelho


“Of course, to have money is just great because you can do what you think is important to you. I always was a rich person because money is not related to happiness.” Paulo Coelho


“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting” Paulo Coelho


“If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule – Never lie to yourself.” Paulo Coelho


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