Paulo Coelho quotes and sayings from The Zahir

Looking for Paulo Coelho Quotes and Sayings From “The Zahir”?

“The Zahir” is a novel based on the story of a successful novelist obsessed with finding his wife, who has disappeared from his life leaving him bereft of meaning.
We have collected a list of Paulo Coelho quotes and saying from the book for you to understand the novel and to inspire you to read this masterpiece of the greatest Portuguese writer and novelist Paulo Coelho.

List of Paulo Coelho Quotes and Sayings About Love and Life From “The Zahir”

“When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive”
“All you have to do is to pay attention; lessons always arrive when you are ready, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step”
“Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused”

“People need to understand that no one is playing with marked cards; sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Don’t expect to get anything back, don’t expect recognition for your efforts, don’t expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood”

“Our true friends are those who are with us when the good things happen. They cheer us on and are pleased by our triumphs. False friends only appear at difficult times, with their sad, supportive faces, when, in fact, our suffering is serving to console them for their miserable lives.”

“That is why it is so important to let certain things go. To release them. To cut loose. People need to understand that no one is playing with marked cards; sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Don’t expect to get anything back, don’t expect recognition for your efforts, don’t expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood. Complete the circle. Not out of pride, inability or arrogance, but simply because whatever it is no longer fits in your life. Close the door, change the record, clean the house, get rid of the dust. Stop being who you were and become who you are.”

“It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.”

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“Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose – and commit myself to – what is best for me.”
“The wise are wise only because they love. And the foolish are foolish only because they think they can understand love.”
“Love is a disease no one wants to get rid of. Those who catch it never try to get better, and those who suffer do not wish to be cured.”

“Writing is one of the most solitary activities in the world.”

“The energy of hatred won’t get you anywhere; but the energy of forgiveness, which reveals itself through love, will transform your life in a positive way.”

“When I had nothing more to lose, I was given everything. When I ceased to be who I am, I found myself. When I experienced humiliation and yet kept on walking, I understood that I was free to choose my destiny”
“If there is suffering, then it is best to accept it, because it won’t go away because you pretend it is not there. If there is joy, then it is best to accept that too, even though you are afraid it might end some day”
“Knowing that doesn’t make any difference. People do their best not to remember and not to accept the immense magical potential they possess, because that would upset their neat little universes”
“The acomodador or giving-up point: there is always an event in our lives that is responsible for us failing to progress: a trauma, a particularly bitter defeat, a disappointment in love, even a victory that we did not quite understand, can make cowards of us and prevent us from moving on. As part of the process of increasing his hidden powers, the shaman must first free himself from that giving-up point and, to do so, he must review his while life and find out where it occurred”
“It is not life that matters, but the journey”
“Finally, he explained to me that suffering occurs when we want other people to love us in the way we imagine we want to be loved, and not in the way that love should manifest itself-free and untrammeled , guiding us with its force and driving us on”


“I dont know what rest of my life will be like. That why It’s better to live cherishing a dream than face the possibility that it might all come to nothing”

“I don’t regret the difficulties I experienced; I think they help helped me to become the person I am today. i feel the way a warrior must feel after years of traning; he doesn’t remember the details of everything he learned, but he knows how to strike when the time is right”
“Age only slows down those who never had the courage to walk at their own pace”
“I was not I, I was nothing – and that seemed to me quite marvelous.”
“Freedom has a high price, as high as that of slavery; the only difference is that you pay with pleasure and a smile, even when that smile is dimmed with tears.”

“we can harness the energy of the winds, the seas, the sun . But the day man learns to harness the energy of love, that will be as important as the discovery of fire.”

“As Einstein said, God does not play dice with the universe; everything is interconnected and has a meaning. That meaning may remain hidden nearly all the time, but we always know we are close to our true mission on earth when what we are doing is touched with the energy of enthusiasm.”
“If someone is capable of loving his partner without restrictions, unconditionally, then he is manifesting the love of God. If the love of God becomes manifest, he will love his neighbor. If he loves his neighbor, he will love himself. If he loves himself, then everything returns to its proper place.”
“According to the laws of nature, one should destroy the other, but in love neither good nor evil, there is neither construction nor destruction, there is merely movement. And love changes the laws of nature.”


“In order for the true energy of love to penetrate your soul, your soul must be as if you had just been born”

“What we need to learn is always there before us, we just have to look around us with respect and attention in order to discover where God is leading us and which step we should take next.”

“Blessed are those who are not afraid to admit that they don’t know something”

“What remains will be the love that moves the heavens, the stars, people, flowers, insects, the love that obliges us all to walk across the ice despite the danger, that fills us with joy and with fear, and gives meaning to everything.”

“People always believe what they want to believe.”
“I don’t believe in the curative powers of suffering and tragedy; they happen because they’re part of life and shouldn’t be seen as a punishment.”
“As for life, it’s just a story that other people tell us about the world and about how we should behave in the world.”

“We humans have two great problems: the first is knowing when to begin, the second is knowing when to stop”

“We all have the ability… we just don’t al have the courage to follow our dreams and to follow the signs.”

“By talking about our lives, we come to realize that most people have experienced the same thing.”

Which one is your favorite of the above listed Paulo Coelho Quotes and Sayings?

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  1. Great collection.
    Mine fav: We humans have two great problems: the first is knowing when to begin, the second is knowing when to stop”

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