Paulo Coelho de Souza was born on August 24, 1947, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was raised in a Catholic family, but his interest in spirituality and mysticism led him to explore other religions and philosophies. Coelho started writing at a young age, but it wasn’t until his thirties that he published his first book, “Hell Archives.”
Coelho’s most famous book is “The Alchemist,” a novel that has sold over 65 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 80 languages. The book tells the story of a shepherd boy named Santiago who goes on a journey to fulfill his dreams.
Throughout his career, Coelho has written several other books, including “Veronika Decides to Die,” “Brida,” and “The Valkyries.” His books often explore themes of spirituality, self-discovery, and personal transformation.
Coelho is still alive and continues to write and inspire readers around the world. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum and the Guinness World Record for the most translated book by a living author. Coelho is also a philanthropist, supporting various charities and causes, including the Paulo Coelho Institute, which promotes education and cultural development in Brazil.
When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.
We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.
This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.
You are what you believe yourself to be.
The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.
One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.
Love is not a habit, a commitment, or a debt. It isn’t what romantic songs tell us it is – love simply is.
Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.
The wise are wise only because they love. The fool are fools only because they think they can understand love.
If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule: never lie to yourself.
Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided.
You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.
The only thing that makes life unfair is the delusion that it should be fair.
The greatest lie you can tell yourself is that you have all the time in the world.
Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.
People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.
We can never judge the lives of others because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation.
If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.
To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.
We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.
The world is full of good people. If you can’t find one, be one.
The language of the stars is the language of the soul.
Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere.
The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.
You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.
When you repeat a mistake, it is not a mistake anymore: it is a decision.