De Braziliaanse schrijver Paulo Coelho (die trouwens ooit nog even in ons eigen Amsterdam heeft gewoond!) is niet voor niets een van de meest geadoreerde auteurs wereldwijd. Hij combineert avontuur, liefde en spirituele levenslessen en gooit er subtiel prachtige en waardevolle oneliners uit. Hier zijn 20 van onze favorieten Coelho-uitspraken.

1. “It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” - Book: The Alchemist -

2.“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”  - Book: The Alchemist -

3. “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.” - Book: The Alchemist -

4. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” - Book: The Alchemist -

5. “Tears are words that need to be written.” - Paulo Coelho personally -

6. “Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn't have the courage to say "yes" to life?” - Book: Eleven Minutes -

7. “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” - Book: The Alchemist -

8. “When someone leaves, it's because someone else is about to arrive.” - Book: The Zahir -

9. “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” - Book: The Alchemist -

10. “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.” - Book: The Alchemist -

11. “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.” - Book: Brida -

12. “Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.” - Book: Brida - 

13. “When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” - Book: The Devil and Miss Prym -

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

15. “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.” - Book: Veronika Decides to Die -

16. “None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.” - Book: Brida -

17. “This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there's no need at all to understand what's happening, because everything happens within you.” - Book: The Alchemist - 

18. “You are what you believe yourself to be.” - Book: The Witch of Portobello -

19. “People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.” - Book: Veronika Decides to Die -

20. “Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time.” - Book: The Devil and Miss Prym -


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