Posted by: ktzefr | December 15, 2016

10 Quotes from Coelho

Dorado Beach sunset, Puerto Rico; Photo:DFawcett

Dorado Beach sunset, Puerto Rico; Photo:DFawcett

I never start to read a book by Paulo Coelho without first grabbing a notebook.  It seems that I spend as much time collecting quotes as I do reading.  And his words are as lovely and as calming as an island sunset…

Here is a favorite from Manuscript Found in Accra distinguishing between arrogance and elegance:

“Arrogance complicates words, because it believes that intelligence is for only the chosen few.  Elegance transforms complex thoughts into something that everyone can understand.”

I have a shelf full of notebooks that have accumulated over the years with my words and the words of writers I admire.  My blue notebook is filled with Coelho’s wonderfully elegant words, full of wisdom, and easy to understand.  As I make grocery lists and shop and run errands during this busy holiday season, I take a few minutes to flip through the blue notebook and always find just the right quote to make my day.  Perhaps one of these will click with you…

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

— “Do one thing: Live the life you always wanted to live…. The angels say: Now!”

— “Stay close to those who sing, tell stories, and enjoy life, and whose eyes sparkle with happiness…because happiness is contagious and will always manage to find a solution, whereas logic can find only an explanation for the mistake made.”

— On success:  “It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.”

— “What the future holds for you depends entirely on your capacity to love.”

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

— “Never try to please everyone; if you do, you will be respected by no one.”

— “Love is an act of faith in another person, not an act of surrender.”

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

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


***All of the above quotes come from Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho




  1. Nice quotes.😀

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Paulo Coelho always find a way to be marvelous 🌟

    • Yes Randomthoughtsandreflections…Coelho is one of my favorite authors — so quotable!

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