Posted by: ktzefr | June 1, 2016

10 Quotes from Coelho

Sitting in the trees on this hot, sunny afternoon…

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“Do one thing: Live the life you always wanted to live.”  ~ Paulo Coelho

I met Paulo Coelho in 1997.  Well…not really.  In 1997 I read The Alchemist.  I knew at once this book was bound for a life on my “special” shelf — the one with the re-read, underline, dog-ear tomes.  Since then I have read Coelho’s other titles and they’ve all made the shelf. 

Last summer I read Manuscript Found in Accra and came across too many good quotes to simply underline and dog ear, so I kept a notebook.  Today I picked up the notebook and picked out a few short ones to share: 

— “Only he who gives up is defeated.  Everyone else is victorious.”

— “Scars speak more loudly than the sword that caused them.”

— “If we are happy, we are on the right road.”

— “…to those who believe that adventures are dangerous, I say, try routine; that kills you far more quickly.”

— “If we resist the temptation to allow other people to define who we are, then we will gradually be able to let the sun inside our own soul shine forth.”

— “It is the imperfect that astonishes and attracts us.”

— “Time and life have given me plenty of logical explanations for everything, but my soul feeds on mysteries.”

— “For the first time, I will smile without feeling guilty, because joy is not a sin.”

— “Stay close to those who sing, tell stories, and enjoy life, and whose eyes sparkle with happiness.”

— “…some words are elegant, some can wound and destroy, but all are written with the same letters.”

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