Paulo Coelho

A Quote by Paulo Coelho on teachers, students, and symbols

Everyone's looking for the perfect teacher, but although their teachings might be divine, teachers are all too human, and that's something people find hard to accept.  Don't confuse the teacher with the lesson, the ritual with the ecstasy, the transmitter of the symbol with the symbol itself.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 11

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on freedom, independence, sheep, and shepherds

Pity those who seek for shepherds, instead of longing for freedom!

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 11

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on suffering, dreams, defeats, struggle, and life

But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for.

Paulo Coelho

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on miracle, life, risks, and risking

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

Paulo Coelho

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on love, dreams, instinct, loving, feelings, emotion, and romance

I think that perhaps we always fall in love the very first time we see the man of our dreams, even though, at the time, reason may be telling otherwise, and we may fight against that instinct, hoping against hope that we won't win, until there comes a point when we allow ourselves to be vanquished by our feelings...

Paulo Coelho

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on fears, insecurity, unwillingness, wonderful, gods, game, life, chance, and living

He seemed to be talking about my fears, my insecurity, and my unwillingness to see what was wonderful because tomorrow it might disappear and I might suffer. The gods throw the dice, and they don't ask whether we want to be in the game or not.

Paulo Coelho

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on sex, individuality, fear, uniqueness, and sexuality

I think we are afraid of each other when it comes to sex, because we read so much about sex, we talk so openly about sex, we see movies and we read books; but when we are face to face with someone else, we forget our individual patterns; that we are unique. So we try to repeat other people’s patterns, according to what we seen and what we heard. So most of us are very frustrated, because we don’t accept our individuality as far as sex is concerned.

Paulo Coelho

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on sex, taboo, sexuality, enjoyment, pleasure, and love

Sex was always surrounded by taboos, and I don’t see it necessarily as a manifestation of evil. I think that sexuality is first and foremost the way that God chooses for us to be here on earth, to enjoy this energy of love in the physical plane.

Paulo Coelho

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on questions, mystery, life, god, understanding, and answers

So for the question I go to the mystery of it and say I don’t know. I only know that I am alive and there is something that manifests in my life, that it is God and one day I am going to understand my life, probably in the day that I die, or afterwards. But I try to find good questions and not good answers.

Paulo Coelho

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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on reality, god, energy, visible, world, flower, and emotions

I do believe that everything we see, everything that is in front of us is just the visible part of reality. We have the invisible part of reality, like emotions for example, like feelings. This is our perception of the world, but God is--as William Blake said--in a grain of sand and in a flower. This energy is everywhere.

Paulo Coelho

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