Paulo Coelho

A Quote by Paulo Coelho on meditation and music

"I don't get anywhere meditating," she said.  "I see people sitting there with their eyes closed, a smile on their lips or else grave-faced and arrogant, concentrating on absolutely nothing, convinced that they're in touch with God or with the Goddess.  So instead, let's listen to some music together."

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 185

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on surrender, love, and control

Surrendering completely to love, be it human or divine, means giving up everything, including our own well-being or our ability to make decisions.  It means loving in the deepest sense of the word.  The truth is that we don't want to be saved in the way God has chosen; we want to keep absolute control over our every step, to be fully conscious of our decisions, to be capable of choosing the object of our devotion.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 30

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on goals, journey, arrival, presence, and now

Let go of the idea that the path will lead you to your goal.  The truth is that with each step we take, we arrive.  Repeat that to yourself every morning: 'I've arrived.'  That way you'll find it much easier to stay in touch with each second of your day.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 131

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on travel

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When we step out of our normal world and leave behind us all the usual barriers and prejudices, we tend to become more adventurous.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 135

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on stars, imagination, and wonder

Forget everything you've ever learned about the stars and they'll once more be transformed into angels, or into children, or into whatever you want to believe at that moment.  It won't make you more stupid – after all, it's only a game – but it could enrich your life.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 137

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on dance

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When you dance, you can enjoy the luxury of being you.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 144

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on sacred and moments

Everything is worship if your mind is focused on the present moment.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 149

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on learning, knowledge, experience, and question

What does learning mean: accumulating knowledge or transforming your life?

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 154

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on holidays, holy days, time, rituals, sacred, presence, and awareness

Our time on this earth is sacred, and we should celebrate every moment.
The importance of this has been completely forgotten: even religious holidays have been transformed into opportunities to go to the beach or the park or skiing.  There are no more rituals.  Ordinary actions can no longer be transformed into manifestations of the sacred.  We cook and complain that it's a waste of time, when we should be pouring our love into making that food.  We work and believe it's a divine curse, when we should be using our skills to bring pleasure and to spread the energy of the Mother.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 11-12

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on education, universities, work, and right livelihood

Most of my parents' friends and most of my parents' friends' children also have degrees.  This doesn't mean that they've managed to find the kind of work they wanted.  Not at all; they went to university because someone, at a time when universities seemed important, said that in order to rise in the world, you had to have a degree.  And thus the world was deprived of some excellent gardeners, bakers, antique dealers, sculptors, and writers.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 28

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