I’ve been bumping into Oscar a lot lately during my travels across the world wide web. His dry wit keeps me on my toes. I usually have to read his quotes more than once to find the guaranteed “ah ha” moment. He’s a classic beautiful mess!
Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
I can resist everything except temptation.
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.
The writing of Paul Coelho speaks to me. His book, The Alchemist has been translated into 67 languages. I’ll never forget the message contained in those magical pages. This collection of quotes will give you a taste of his genius.
Fear of failure leads to failure.
Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.
Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.
Life really is generous to those who pursue their destiny.
The enemy is only a pretext to test our strength.
Music that Moves
While I was collecting these quotes, I wondered if there was a song that embodied the spirit of Paulo Coelho’s work. This song came to mind. Please note: I prefer the album version (probably because I’ve listened to it about a 1000 times.) Here Jewel is performing live. Obviously she’s singing straight from her heart. Enjoy!