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Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho in 2008
Paulo Coelho in 2008

Born

24 August 1947 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Occupation

Novelist, writer and lyricist

Language

Portuguese

Nationality

Brazilian

Genre

Drama, Romance

Notable works

O Alquimista

Years active

1974–present

Spouse

Christina Oiticica

Website

paulocoelhoblog .com

Paulo Coelho de Souza is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He is best known for his novel The Alchemist. In 2014, he uploaded his personal papers online to create a virtual Paulo Coelho Foundation.

Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil and attended a Jesuit school. As a teenager, Coelho wanted to become a writer. Upon telling his mother this, she responded, "My dear, your father is an engineer. He's a logical, reasonable man with a very clear vision of the world. Do you actually know what it means to be a writer?" At 17, Coelho's introversion and opposition to following a traditional path led to his parents committing him to a mental institution from which he escaped three times before being released at the age of 20. Born into a Catholic family, his parents were strict about the religion and faith. Coelho later remarked that "It wasn't that they wanted to hurt me, but they didn't know what to do... They did not do that to destroy me, they did that to save me." At his parents' wishes, Coelho enrolled in law school and abandoned his dream of becoming a writer. One year later, he dropped out and lived life as a hippie, traveling through South America, North Africa, Mexico, and Europe and started using drugs in the 1960s.

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Publishing is in a kind of Jurassic age. - Paulo Coelho

Publishing is in a kind of Jurassic age.

Paulo Coelho

age
We want to answer this classical question, who am I? So I think that most of our works are for art, or whatever we do, including science or religion, tried to answer that question. - Paulo Coelho

We want to answer this classical question, who am I? So I think that most of our works are for art, or whatever we do, including science or religion, tried to answer that question.

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Beauty is the greatest seducer of man. - Paulo Coelho

Beauty is the greatest seducer of man.

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beauty
Every day I try to be in communication with the universe in an unconscious way. - Paulo Coelho

Every day I try to be in communication with the universe in an unconscious way.

Paulo Coelho

communication
I was not encouraged to follow the career of a writer because my parents thought that I was going to starve to death. They thought nobody can make a living from being a writer in Brazil. They were not wrong. - Paulo Coelho

I was not encouraged to follow the career of a writer because my parents thought that I was going to starve to death. They thought nobody can make a living from being a writer in Brazil. They were not wrong.

Paulo Coelho

death
Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. - Paulo Coelho

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

Paulo Coelho

experience
I think you can have 10,000 explanations for failure, but no good explanation for success. - Paulo Coelho

I think you can have 10,000 explanations for failure, but no good explanation for success.

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Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream. - Paulo Coelho

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.

Paulo Coelho

fear
The good old days, when each idea had an owner, are gone forever. - Paulo Coelho

The good old days, when each idea had an owner, are gone forever.

Paulo Coelho

good
Of course, to have money is just great because you can do what you think is important to you. I always was a rich person because money's not related to happiness. - Paulo Coelho

Of course, to have money is just great because you can do what you think is important to you. I always was a rich person because money's not related to happiness.

Paulo Coelho

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In the United States, I am a great success, but I am not a celebrity. - Paulo Coelho

In the United States, I am a great success, but I am not a celebrity.

Paulo Coelho

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You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. - Paulo Coelho

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.

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life
Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act. - Paulo Coelho

Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.

Paulo Coelho

life
One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving. - Paulo Coelho

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.

Paulo Coelho

love
The wise are wise only because they love. The fool are fools only because they think they can understand love. - Paulo Coelho

The wise are wise only because they love. The fool are fools only because they think they can understand love.

Paulo Coelho

love
All women have a perception much more developed than men. So all women somehow, being repressed for so many millennia, they ended up by developing this sixth sense and contemplation and love. And this is something that we have a hard time to accept as part of our society. - Paulo Coelho

All women have a perception much more developed than men. So all women somehow, being repressed for so many millennia, they ended up by developing this sixth sense and contemplation and love. And this is something that we have a hard time to accept as part of our society.

Paulo Coelho

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