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Favorite Quotes – Life: Selected Quotations by Paulo Coelho (Book)

Following are some of my favorite quotes from Life: Selected Quotations by Paulo Coelho. I have typed them out according to their categories. Hope you guys like it. 🙂


The Dream

1)      The fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself. And no heart ever suffered when it went in search of its dreams. – The Alchemist


2)      The first indication that we are killing our dreams is lack of time. The second indication that our dreams are dead is certainty. The third indication that our dreams are dead in peace. –The Pilgrimage


The Path


1)      In his or her life, each person can take one of two attitudes: to build or to plant. Builders may take years over their tasks, but one day they will finish what they are doing. Then they will stop, hemmed in by their own walls. Life becomes meaningless once the building is finished. Those who plant suffer the storms and the seasons and rarely rest. Unlike a building, a garden never stops growing. And by its constant demands on the gardener’s attentions, it makes of the gardener’s life a great adventure. –Brida


2)      At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss. –Eleven Minutes


3)      Choosing one path means abandoning others – if you try to follow every possible path you will end up following none. –Brida


4)      Your heart is where your treasure is, and you must find your treasure in order to make sense of everything. –The Alchemist


5)      We always have a tendency to see those things that do not exist and to be blind to the great lessons that are right there before our eyes. –The Pilgrimage


6)      Finding something important in life does not mean that you must give up everything else. –Brida


7)      The only way to make the right decision is to find out which is the wrong decision, to examine that other path without fear, and only then decide. –The Pilgrimage


8)      When we postpone the harvest, the fruit rots, but when we postpone our problems, they keep on growing. –The Fifth Mountain


9)      It hurt when I lost each of the various men I fell in love with. Now, though, I am convinced that no one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it. –Eleven Minutes


10)   If you go around promising what you do not yet have, you will lose the will to achieve it. –The Alchemist


11)   Remember: never behave arrogantly towards the humble and never behave humbly towards the arrogant. –Chronicle – Stories About Arrogance


12)   In order to live fully, it is necessary to be in constant movement, only then can each day be different from the last. –The Zahir


13)   Only by accepting our desires can we have an idea of who we are. –Brida



1)      Accumulating love brings luck, accumulating hatred brings calamity. –Manual of The Warrior of Light


2)      The moment we set off in search of love, it sets off in search of us. And saves us. –By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept


3)      Do not try to explain feelings. Live everything intensely and treasure what you feel as a gift from God. –Brida


4)      We all know people who try to cover up their kindly gestures with irony and indifference, as if love were synonymous with weakness. –Chronicle – Notes For A Non-Existent Diary


5)      The energy of hatred will get you nowhere; but the energy of forgiveness, which reveals itself through love, will transform your life in a positive way. –The Zahir


6)      During the worst of all my crises, friends appeared. Since then, the first thing I do is ask for help. –Chronicle – Crises and Their Traps


7)      Love is full of traps. When it wants to reveal itself, it shows only its light and does not let us see the shadows cast by that light. –By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept


8)      Love is always new. It doesn’t matter if we love once, twice or ten times in a lifetime, we will always find ourselves faced by an unfamiliar situation. –By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept


9)      Love means sharing the world with someone else. –The Valkyries



1)      Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant. –Eleven Minutes


2)      The cup of suffering is not the same size for everyone. –Manual of The Warrior of Light


3)      The secret lies in the present – if you pay attention to the present, you will be able to improve it. And if you improve the present, whatever happens afterwards will be better too. Each day brings us Eternity. –The Alchemist


4)      She said she was neither happy nor unhappy, and that was why she couldn’t go on. Each person knows the extent of their own suffering, or the total absence of meaning in their lives. –Veronika Decides to Die


5)      You should try all wines – of some, take only a sip, of others, drink the whole bottle. How can you distinguish one from the other? By taste. Only someone who has tasted sour wine can recognize good wine. –Brida


6)      You do not drown simply by plunging into water; you only drown if you stay beneath the surface. –Manual of The Warrior of Light


7)      I discovered that searching can be as interesting as finding – as long as you overcome your fear. –Brida


8)      Before certain storms invade our garden, they send faint messages which, out of laziness, we ignore. –Chronicle – Crises and Their Traps


The Journey

1)      There are moments in life when the only possible option is to lose control. –Brida


2)      When there is no turning back, then we should concern ourselves only with the best way of going forward. –The Alchemist


3)      We do not need to know “how” or “where”, but there is one question that we should all ask whenever we start anything: “What am I doing this for?” –The Valkyries


4)      Man needs to choose, not just accept, his destiny. –The Fifth Mountain


5)      Those who make promises they fail to keep end up powerless and frustrated, and exactly the same fate awaits those who believe those promises. –The Devil and Miss Prym


6)      Courage does not mean an absence of fear, but the ability not to let yourself be paralyzed by that fear. –Chronicle – Hagakure and The Path of The Samurai



1)      By changing the way you do routine things you allow a new man to grow inside you. –The Pilgrimage


2)      A blessing rejected becomes a curse. –The Alchemist


3)      Life moves very fast. It rushes us from heaven to hell in a matter of seconds. –Eleven Minutes


4)      Anyone who interferes in the destiny of others will never discover his own. –The Alchemist


5)      Wagers and pacts are made with angels – or with devils. –The Valkyries


6)      The Lord smiles contentedly because this is what He wants, that everyone should take responsibility for their own lives. –The Fifth Mountain


7)      Every person on the face of the earth has a gift. In some this reveals itself spontaneously, others have to work to find it. –By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept


8)      On some nights, the warrior of light has nowhere to sleep, on others, he suffer from insomnia. “That’s just how its is,” thinks the warrior. “I was the one who chose to walk this path.”


9)      I believe that every single day people are offered the chance to make the best possible decision about everything they do. –The Zahir


The Good Fight

1)      No man is an island. To fight the good fight we need help. –The Pilgrimage


2)      When we renounce our dreams, we find peace and enjoy a brief period of tranquility, but the dead dreams begin to rot inside us and to infect the whole atmosphere in which we live. What we hoped to avoid in the Fight – disappointment and defeat – become the sole legacy of our cowardice. –The Pilgrimage


3)      Don’t try to be brave when it is enough to be intelligent. –The Pilgrimage


4)      Start to do something. That way, time will be an ally, not an enemy. –The Fifth Mountain


5)      Teaching is merely showing that something is possible. Learning is making something possible for yourself. –The Diary of A Magus


6)      You must be committed to the place you choose. A divided kingdom cannot resist the attacks of its enemies. A divided human being cannot face life with dignity. –By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept


The Mystery

1)      The warrior knows that the most important words in all languages are the small words. YES. LOVE. GOD. They are words that are easy enough to say and which fill vast empty spaces. –Manual of The Warrior of Light


2)      When God wants to make someone mad, he grants all their desires. –The Valkyries


3)      Suffering occurs when we want other people to love us in the way that we imagine we want to be loved, and not in the way that love should manifest itself – free and untrammeled, guiding us with its force and driving us on. –The Zahir


4)      When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself. –Eleven Minutes



Book Review, Books

Review – Life: Selected Quotations by Paulo Coelho (Book)

Life: Selected Quotations is another of Paulo Coelho’s most beloved book. It contains a number of quotes from some of Coelho’s famous works. The Zahir, Brida, The Devil and Miss Prym, Manual of The Warrior of Light, Alchemist, Maktub, The Pilgrimage, The Fifth Mountain, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, Eleven Minutes, and Chronicles, all make the list.

The quotes are very inspirational and do give us a bit understanding to some of the world’s reality to some extent, i.e. if a person wants to look at it with such a point of view.

The best part about this book is that it’s divided into 8 parts and the quotes are arranged according to their categories. Some of the categories are; Love, Dreams, Mystery, etc.

The cover of the book is done by a famous Norwegian artist Anne Kristin Hagesaether.

One can easily finish it within an hour and a half or they can relax and read it from time to time.

It gives you a complete sight on Coelho’s fantastic and easy way of writing. A very soothing and refreshing read. 🙂

Have you read Life: Selected Quotations by Paulo Coelho?! What is your opinion about it?!



My Journey with Paulo Coelho

Reason of such a title:

Because it’s always written at the end of his books “Life is a journey… Live it with Paulo Coelho” 😛

This post is an attempt to take you all on a journey of my experience with Coelho’s books. For those of you who have no idea who he is, my last post was a brief introduction of him. )


When I started reading Coelho I had no idea who he was or where he was from. But when I read his work I was mesmerized with his writing. His books are very easy to read, understand and relate.  The main theme is always on life lessons, be it a person’s destiny, change or love. You get a variety of all emotions.

Following is a list of his books I have read in chronicle order.

1)      Like the Flowing River: I believe I got on a great start with his work by LTFR being my first one. Because often people I know complain they did not like Alchemist, his first book. Anyway, according to me, Like the Flowing River is one of his best works. This book is made up of his thoughts and short stories of 2-4 pages, all very interesting and fun to read. These stories focus on topics ranging from archery, music, elegance to good and evil. If you like this book, you will like rest of his collection.

like the flowing river

2)      Veronika Decides to Die: When I read this book I was still very young to understand the concept of masturbation or how the world takes it. Born and raised in a South Asian culture, these concepts are not highly regarded in our community at least. That is why when I read the book, I felt kind of disgusted by that one particular part where Veronika does it. I thought I would hate Coelho’s work now. But fortunately I didn’t stop reading him.


3)      The Witch of Portobello: I LOVED it. In fact that’s an understatement!! My weakness for blue color, as the cover was blue, made me read it. But I just LOVED reading it. The concept of the book was feminine divinity and finding one’s true self. My favorite part was the ending, Athena’s death.


After reading these three, there started an endless craze. I just had to read all his books.

4)      Brida: Another book I loved. The thing I liked the most about this book was its cover. It was beautiful. I think beside the fact that Coelho is such an amazing writer, his book covers are the BEST. And it’s sad when they release more than one cover of a book. Because then people like me have to buy another copy just for the cover. (Freak, much?! Very much!!) I loved the story, how the wise man knows she is his soul mate but lets her go because he believes that she should fulfill her destiny.


brida Another beautiful cover of Brida

5)      By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept: This is another of my very favorite books. The theme was Love. It’s about a girl named Pilar who is frustrated with her life and wants something greater than mere university life and the prospect after. She meets her childhood sweetheart and the story unfolds. 🙂 My favorite part was the ending. It was surprising, beautiful and had me in tears. Simple love story of feelings and not of materials.


6)      The Zahir: Theme of this book was Marriage, Love and finding your true self. The story revolves around a successful writer in search of his missing wife. This book reminded me of a Hindi movie, Love Aaj Kal, because of similarity of the climax scene.



7)      Eleven Minutes: I did not want to read it at first because it widely revolved around the life of a prostitute and her business, I have a weak heart and all this freaks me out. But later I did, and I liked it. Though to me the ending was kind of not practical, but maybe in some other world it would have been possible.


8)      The Fifth Mountain: a book on religion and love, another favorite. This book was capable of making me feel Love.


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9)      The Devil and Miss Prym: It focused on the decisions that we take in our life and how they are manipulated by Good, Evil, Fear and Temptations.


10)   The Valkyries: It actually is an autobiography but narrated by a third person’s perspective. In this book Coelho and his wife go on a journey to find his guardian angel.


11)   Aleph: It was the then latest piece when I went to Borders. I just had to buy it. The cover was beautiful as ever. This was a crazy book and to think that Coelho actually did all that was amazing. Yes, it’s an autobiography too in which Coelho embarks on a Trans-Siberian train journey in search of his true path.


12)   Manual of the Warrior of Light: This was next in my to-read list. I got it in e-book format and downloaded it. This book was more like a real manual that summarized Coelho’s teachings about how a Warrior of Light should be. Short and interesting.

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13)   The Winner Stands Alone: I read this recently. It revolves around the media world, fashion, movies, fame, money and no happiness. Coelho’s book always has an ending with positive feeling but this book left me with a negative one. Yet again a great cover.

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And finally looking very much forward to Coelho’s new book Manuscript found in Accra which is already available in Borders. 😀 I will be treating myself to it soon!!!

PS. Yes I know there are still some books I haven’t read. It’s not easy to get them here but I have downloaded some in pdf format and will be reading them soon too! 🙂