Paulo Coelho

A Quote by Paulo Coelho on love, posessiveness, and jealousy

Anyone who tries to imprison love will cut off the spring that feeds it, and the trapped water will grow stagnant and rank.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 196

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on needs, desires, wants, and self-determination

You have always fought against your dreams, and 'I want' has never even shown its face.  It was always drowned out by 'I must' or 'I hope' or 'I need...'

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 197

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on self-determination, authority, and personal power

I saw that everything really was written there before me, and that the doors had only been closed before because I hadn't realized that I was the one person in the world with the authority to open them.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 204

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on history, generations, progress, humanity, slavery, wage slaves, advancement, questions, and evolution

Thousands of years ago, weren't we capable of building enormous structures like the pyramids?  Weren't we capable of worshiping gods, weaving, making fire, finding lovers and wives, sending written messages?  Of course we were.  But although we've succeeded in replacing slaves with wage slaves, all the advances we've made have been in the field of science.  Human beings are still asking the same questions as their ancestors.  In short, they haven't evolved at all.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 217

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on fear, unknown, and courage

I'm afraid of taking steps that are not on the map, but by taking those steps despite my fears, I have a much more interesting life.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 218

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on god, goddess, belief, and earth

It's daylight, the sky is cloudy, and human beings believe that beyond the clouds lives an all-powerful God, guiding the fate of men.  Meanwhile, look at your son, look at your feet, listen to the sounds around you: down here is the Mother, so much closer, bringing joy to children and energy to those who walk over her body.  Why do people prefer to believe in something far away and forget what is there before their eyes, a true manifestation of the miracle?

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 232

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on interests, passion, signs, coincidence, and synchronicity

When we're interested in something, everything around us appears to refer to it (the mystics call these phenomena "signs," the sceptics "coincidence," and psychologists "concentrated focus," although I've yet to find out what term historians should use).

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 169

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on happiness and cognition

Happiness: there are a series of rules, and if you fail to follow them, your conscious mind will refuse to accept the idea that you're happy.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 170

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on women, imagination, creativity, witchcraft, hysteria, wisdom, and wise women

Our imagination is larger than the world around us; we go beyond our limits.  This used to be called 'witchcraft,' but fortunately things have changed, otherwise we would both already have been burned at the stake.  When they stopped burning women, science found an explanation for our behavior, normally referred to as 'female hysteria.'  We don't get burned anymore, but it does cause problems, especially in the workplace.  But don't worry, eventually they'll call it 'wisdom.'

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 176

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on opinions, change, and integrity

Don't let yourself be weighed down by what other people think, because in a few years, in a few decades, or in a few centuries, that way of thinking will have changed.  Live now what others will only live in the future.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 177

Contributed by: Tsuya

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