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Paulo Coelho

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The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist. In 1986, PAULO COELHO did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage. In the following year, COELHO published The Alchemist. Slow initial sales convinced his first publisher to drop the novel, but it went on to become one of the best selling Brazilian books of all time. Other titles include Brida (1990), The Valkyries (1992), By the river Piedra I sat Down and Wept (1994), the collection of his best columns published in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo entitle Maktub ...more


Although I enjoy my work a lot (once I tweeted: “if you do what you love, every day is a holiday”) I need to stop being in front of the computer – and this is the main reason for taking vacations. I will be back by the September. Meanwhile, you can download to your phone […]

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“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
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message 55: by Maria

Maria Happy Birthday, Paulo!

Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday Comments

message 54: by Andrez

Andrez olá Paulo

message 51: by Leila

Leila Dehghan
by: Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953)

SINGER was born in a land of gold,
In the time of the long ago
And the good fairies gathered from heath and wold
With gracious gifts to bestow.
They gave him the grace of Mirth and Song,
They crowned him with Health and Joy
And love for the Right and hate for the Wrong
They instilled in the soul of the boy;
But when they were gone, through the open door
The Devil of Doubt crept in,
And he breathed his poison in every pore
Of the sleeping infant's skin,
And in impish glee, said "Remember me
For I shall abide for aye with thee
From the very first moment thine eyes shall see
And know the meaning of sin."

The singer became a man and he fought
With the might of his pen and hand
To show for evil the cure long sought,
And spread Truth over the land;
Till the Devil mockingly said, "In sooth
'Tis a sorry ideal you ride,
For the truth of truths is there is no truth!"
--And the faith of the singer died--

And the singer was sad and he turned to Love
And the arms of his lady fair,
He sang of her eyes as the stars above
He sang of -- and kissed -- her hair;
Till the Devil whispered, "I fondly trust
This is folly and naught beside,
For the greatest of loves is merely lust!"
--And the heart of the singer died--

So the singer turned from the world's mad strife
And he walked in the paths untrod,
And thrilled to the dream of a future life
As he prayed to the most high God;
Till the Devil murmured with sneering breath,
"What think you the blind skies hide?
There is nothing sure after death but death!"
--And the soul of the singer died--

And the lips of the singer were flecked with red
And torn with a bitter cry,
"When Truth and Love and God are dead
It is time, full time, to die!"
And the Devil in triumph chuckled low,
"There is always suicide,
It's the only logical thing I know."
--And the life of the singer died.

message 50: by Ikra

Ikra Amesta thanks for adding mr. Paulo, may you always be healthy and brilliant!

message 49: by May

May Bee Thank you soooooo much, Mr. Coelho for accepting my invite! ^:)^
It's an absolute honor. <:P
I D O L ! \mmmmm/

message 48: by Analu

Analu I've been meaning to thank you for adding me as your friend..thank you..a most humble, recent fan of yours thanks to a friend of mine..take care, Analu

message 47: by Amir

Amir - Hi,thanks so much for adding me to the list of your is my honor to be your friend.have a nice day. Amir

message 45: by Eileen

Eileen You are excellent at storytelling!

message 44: by Nilusha

Nilusha Abeysekara thnx for accepting me as your friend n thnx for all the inspiration that you have given me through your books.

message 43: by Iimani

Iimani David Hi Paulo,

Thanks for the add. Allow me to say, there are only a few stars in my galaxy; you're one of them.

Stay well.

message 42: by Rike

Rike Jokanan I've just finished reading "The Witch of Portobello". it's my next fave after The Alchemist.

Thanks Uncle Paul, for making me think and think and think about what truth is and how we should find it.

message 41: by Loren

Loren Thanks for accepting my friend request, Paulo, and thanks for your writing. :)

message 40: by Quentin

Quentin Thanks for adding me as a friend Paulo -- Quinn

Lamski Kikita Because I am a very serious fan of your work and because it really is not only literature but inspiraation to so many people around the globe, i gotta say that I feel very skeptical about Veronika Decides to Die the movie. I saw the trailer and I felt thast too much of the story is being changed to fit into a movie plot and be "relevant" to the big screen. What are your thoughts on this?

message 38: by Δx Δp ≥ ½ ħ (last edited Mar 17, 2009 01:22AM)

 Δx Δp ≥ ½ ħ thank for adding me. i luv ur book so much, now, i'm hunting for "The Witch of Portobello"
i hope it shall great as the other :D

message 37: by Wy

Wy Thank you for adding me here in Goodreads. My friend and I loved your books. :)

message 36: by Pardis

Pardis hiii Im one of ur fans

message 35: by Ilinca

Ilinca Paulo! I have read the Alchemist when i was 11 and that was the moment i became aware of my significance on this planet. I have followed my dreams and intuition ever since, and with a little help from your books I have managed to have the life I want to have right now. Now i am 18 and following my dream of becoming an actress.

Thank you for opening our eyes with simple, effective words.

Our paths will meet one day, when we will be ready

Yusra Zainab Laghari Thank you for accepting my request.
These days I am reading your book "Brida" and my father is reading "The Zahir", so both of us are actually enjoying our time by reading your inspiring books containing several profound meassages in them.

I am really honoured to have you as my friend.

message 33: by Ida

Ida Plassay Thank you for befriending me on goodreads!
I'm honoured to have you among my circle of friends.

message 32: by Storm

Storm Thank you fro accepting my "friendship request" on Goodreads. I respect you highly, as you are one of those who try to show a way to people in finding their own ways, and this is the way how to educate people - and if we can help people became better and happier, the whole world becomes better and happier.

I myself have my own duty, my story in wich I try to take my part in making this world a better place. On such a way, the first true strength is Love, the second is Respect, and the third is Honesty. In this spirit, I am just started my journey. And I think, you may hear about me sometimes. ;)

I wish you the bests and am happy that you are here - not just here on this site, but here close to the people, so anybody can get close to you. many great people's biggest mistake is that they keep a distance from people - so their voice and message can became lost in the distance.

But anyway, I started my jounrey, and Universe is already organized all its forces to aid me. Limitations are nothing else but rules the wanderer declares himself.

"Sic Itur Ad Astra."


message 31: by Aaron

Aaron Hoopes Paulo,
many thanks for connecting. I've been a big fan for many years.
wishing you much peace,
Aaron Hoopes

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tenzin tsomo hi paulo, i am looking forward to read your new books.cheers. love tenzin

message 29: by Jeannie

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Thanks Paulo for the friendship. I wish you a bounty of blessings and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

message 28: by Lusia Agasty P (last edited Dec 20, 2008 06:20AM)

Lusia Agasty P thank you for the approval :)

I'm Lusia from indonesia
I've read your book, The Achemist, and I loved it
well I dont read another books of yours yet, i hope i can red them as soon as possible I can :)

It's nice to be your friend :)

Maritess Hi Paulo,
Thanks for the add! In response to your video,

I think the most wide ranging problem we have in the world is racism and sexism which is the flag that is raised when people seek any level of power. Look at the Iraq war, ethnic cleansing in Africa, lack of funding for poor areas, etc.

Culture can help by making an effort for broader representation of other races, more representation of women and just in general other viewpoints to encourage understanding.

The difference between now and 10 years ago is that we are now globalized, thanks to technology. You mentioned the internet, and that is certainly true, but through technology and free trade, it's also books and movies, magazines, media.

Traditionally, the pedestal was raised for the anglo-aesthetic and now that we are globalized, it seems that everyone outside of that aesthetic is demonized. Sure, we now have a black president, but that's not to stop people from wandering into a "black" neighborhood.

so I use culture as our lowest common denominator to communicate with people who disagree with me. I say things like, "oh, a black neighborhood, you mean like Bill Cosby's neighborhood?"

and that is why culture is so important, it's what everyone can easily relate to, moreso than politics which takes the lead in values from the media.

As the most basic example I can think of, and this is low-brow culture, I know that actors try to anglicize the names because it would sell less records, movie tickets, etc. I remember being impressed that Jennifer Lopez didn't have to change her last name to get big Hollywood backup. That was the first time I saw that since Desi Arnaz. That gave me hope that American society was progressing, and then suddenlly Cameron Diaz was acceptable, then Cristina Aguilera, great ethnic names to encourage acceptance of diversity in our schools and workplaces.

There is still so much typecasting in American media and that trickles down to how government officials treat the public they serve, and how Americans regard and treat each other, and I can't stand especially to see that in children.

I have a lot more to say and a lot more to clarify but now I have to get back to work and stop fooling around on the internet. I look forward to reading The Alchemist next on my book list. I hope the above made sense, thank you for asking your fans for their opinion. That's great. Cheers!

Lamski Kikita each one of your books changed my life in a different way. I have new spiritual experiences everyday and I am not afraid to love and be insane. Thank you for that.

message 25: by Mina

Mina It is one of the most beautiful compensation of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
"Ralph waldo Emerson"

message 24: by Mina

Mina Each second you can born.
Each second there can be a new beginning.
It's choice.
It's your choice.

message 23: by Mina

Mina That the greatest security of the people, against the encroachments and usurpations of their superiors, is to keep the Spirit of Liberty constantly awake, is an undeniable truth." -- Edmund Burke

message 21: by June

June Hi, Paulo
Thanks for adding me as your friend.

I hope everything is going alright.
I really love your books. They are really great!
I especially liked "The Alchemist". It gave me a lot of lessons. I hope you will publish much more interesting and inspiring books.

June Chung
from South Korea

message 20: by Fatemeh

Fatemeh Taghavian thanks for accepting me as your friends.
have a nide day

message 19: by Wendy

Wendy Laharnar Hello Paulo,

Just dropping by to say 'Thank you'. Your message inspired me.

"When you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true."
— Paulo Coelho

This is so true.
My first novel has been accepted and will be released soon.

Thank you.
Wendy Laharnar

message 18: by Prachi

Prachi hello sir,
thank you for adding me as your friend.
i really like your work and m great fan of yours.
even m on my journey to find myself.and your books are helping me to realize it.thanking you...

ghazaleh hi,

i just wana ask u how can u wrote these books?how u understand life like this? where u teach all of these?in life?how?well i realy whant to be like u!plz help me!

i am just 15 years old, a persian girl and muslim! no body can't belief how can i understand your books?a 15 years old girl?they say it can't be true. but i understand and want to know more.

with best wishes

Hyacinth Hi paulo!

Thanks for adding me up and for touching my soul. Really inspired by your works.

Have a wonderful day.


message 15: by Sanaz

Sanaz Have you ever been visitting Iran?

message 14: by Sanaz

Sanaz thanks a lot for adding me as a friend:)love your books,reading them to me is like experiencing life while you are sitting in your room and reading a book,
wish of more success

message 13: by Maria

Maria Paulo, thank you for adding me as a friend on Goodreads. I am a big fan of your writing and in fact reading The Alchemist was one of the things that inspired me to become a writer myself

message 12: by MARTINE

MARTINE Dear Paulo,
What is your favorite children's story and does it perhaps now connect to where your personal legend has led you as an adult? I'm doing a little curious research that the narratives we love as children say a lot about how we will become in our hearts as adults or how we choose to serve...

I think I'm on my path but I worry...Seeing your heart gives me hope. Thanks for being my book friend, I hold those close to my heart. Books are sacred food to me. Much Love,

message 11: by maria (last edited Apr 04, 2008 04:26AM)

maria Dear PAULO

Every day God sends you
a message in some form
and you have to be receptive to it.

Best :)

Dordaneh HI PAULO



message 9: by Ceci

Ceci Hello Paulo, it's an honour to be your friend. I look forward to reading your books. Hope you have a lovely day!! :)

Tiffiny Hello!
I just finished 'The Alchemist' and it just made me want to discover my personal legend even more! I am actively searching every day.

Thank you for great words. Isn't crazy how the words from one person can change/ inspire so many people?!

God Bless! Enjoy the coming week.


message 7: by Sally

Sally i really thank you for adding me. i respect you very much and i really love your books and i'm really glad that i became your friend.

Millie Huang Hi Paulo, thanks for adding me.
I love your books and up to now I'm still waiting to see "my horizon"

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