10 Quotes by Paulo Coelho That Will Brighten Your Day

The Brazilian author from Rio de Janeiro, perhaps best known for his work, The Alchemist, certainly has a way with words. There’s a musicality in how his brain works, perhaps because he wasn’t just a writer, but a lyricist. These ten quotes from the author will melt your heart, fuel your soul, and light up your day. Let’s take a look.

“Two things prevent us from happiness: living in the past and observing others.”

Lao Tzu said the same thing: “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. Might be time to appreciate this moment, yes?”

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“Important encounters are planned by the souls, long before the bodies see each other.”

Traditionally, science has dismissed the soul as an object of human belief, or reduced it to a psychological concept that shapes our cognition of the observable natural world. Wiser people among us realize that the soul is not only real, it exists long after our physical bodies have shriveled up and decomposed.

“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.” 

“All women have a perception much more developed than men. So all women somehow, being repressed for so many millennia, they ended up by developing this sixth sense and contemplation and love. And this is something that we have a hard time to accept as part of our society.”

 

“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say.”

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“Why is love so hard for most of us to accept? Because it implies suffering. You know that. And well, first, love is the most important emotion in life. And second, it is also the one that is wild, that can take us to heaven or hell. I’m not saying that love always takes you to heaven. Your life can become a nightmare. But that said, it is worth taking the risk.”

 

“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 neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.”

 

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.”

 

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