Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is easily in my top 5 for favourite authors, as well as, most inspiring authors and authors with the best goatee.

In all seriousness though, if you haven’t read any of his books I can say without a shadow of a doubt, and all hyperbole aside:  you are missing a part of your life.

My only complaint with Coelho is the “god/God” stuff he talks about, but it’s not too much and whenever he uses it I just switch it for something else. Although because a lot of what he deals with is meaning of life stuff and following our dreams and realizing ourselves, god/a creator/the something that’s out there, does come up in conversation.

“The secret lies in the present – if you pay attention to the present, you will be able to improve it. And if you improve the present, whatever happens afterwards will be better too.”  -from The Alchemist

“Profound commitment to a dream does not confine or constrain: it liberates. Even a difficult, winding path can lead to your goal if you follow it to the end.” -from Maktub

“When there is no turning back, the we should concern ourselves only with the best way of going forward.” -from The Alchemist

Now I know I used two quotes from The Alchemist, but that’s not the only book of genius.

Eleven Minutes, The Witch of Portobello, The Zahir, The Devil and Miss Prym, Veronica Decides to Die are just my favourites.

Trust me, Coelho is genius.


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3 responses to “Paulo Coelho

  • Julia

    Huh. Well, you’ve done the previously considered impossible: made me think that perhaps I’ve been mistaken about Coelho. I read The Alchemist…and strongly disliked it. Found it incredibly preachy and … somehow mundane. But maybe that’s just ’cause I didn’t need to listen at the time. Now, however, the second quote you included from The Alchemist is really resonating. Paola gave me The Witch, maybe I should read it.

    • jtkwriting

      There’s not much more I can say in support of Coelho. By The Witch, I assume you mean the Witch of Portobello? Amazing book. Great story, great ending. I didn’t read the Alchemist until I was in my late(r) 20’s, which I think is a good age to start with Coelho, because when you’re a little bit older you know yourself and the world better and you can take his words and “lessons” and apply them to your life with more self-knowledge and experience as opposed to when you’re younger and through no fault your (as in anyone) own you still have pre-conceived notions of what your life and life in general is about, without having the experience to necessarily back them up. Apologies for the run-on sentence. I hope you enjoy The Witch!!!

  • greenlivetrees

    I was also underwhelmed by The Alchemist, mostly because everyone who recommended it to me said that it was their favourite book of all time, etc. I think I started reading it expecting too much and without being quite ready for the messages (I was in my very early 20s). I plan on re-reading it at some point, because I know it will resonate more strongly now. I’ve read some more Coelho since then and started appreciating him more and more. I started Eleven Minutes with skepticism, then I ended up liking it a lot. From time to time I open Warrior of the Light at random pages because I was unable to read it as a book – I don’t think it’s even meant to be read consecutively. I think I’m going to read Veronika Decides to Die next.

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