Archives for February 2008

Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

How important are for you the distinctions you received? Or the fact that Madonna named The Alchemist her favourite book?

As important as the anonymous reader that helped the book to travel so far. So, at the end, it is the reader who is responsible for everything, and I thank him.

Magic in real life

Brida

In Brida, a book of mine that will be published in various countries (from March onwards), I describe magic as a bridge between the visible and the invisible. This leap can manifest itself in very simple ways. One of the examples that I give in the book is when the main character is asked to draw or write meaningless words while talking on the phone. Have you ever had experiences of “leaps into the invisible world” while doing something completely common?

Faith is Elemental

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

"In love lies the seed of our growth. The more we love, the closer we are to the spiritual experience"

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Call another kind of doctor

By Paulo Coelho



A powerful monarch summoned a holy father – who was said by everyone to have healing powers – to help him with the pains in his back.

‘God will help us,’ said the holy man. ‘But first let us understand the reasons for these pains. I would suggest that Your Majesty make your confession now, for confession forces a man to confront his problems and frees him from many feelings of guilt.’

Annoyed at being asked to think about his problems, the king said:

‘I don’t want to talk about such things; I need someone who can cure me without asking so many questions.’

The priest left and returned half an hour later with another man.

‘I believe that words can relieve pain and help me discover the correct path to a cure,’ he said. ‘Since you do not wish to talk, however, I cannot help you. But I have here just the man you need: my friend is a veterinary surgeon and is accustomed to not talking to his patients.’

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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Veronica Decides To Die, The Alchemist, The Manual of the Warrior of Light, all your books have strange characters, people with a strong personality and very lively. Are they inspired by reality?

Yes, but reality has characters far more strangers than Veronika or Santiago.

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Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

“That’s how love got lost,” he said. “When we started laying down rules for when love should or shouldn’t appear.”

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Ancestral bones

By Paulo Coelho



There was once a king of Spain who was very proud of his ancestors, and who was known for his cruelty towards those weaker than himself.

One day, he was travelling with his entourage through a field in Aragon where, years before, his father had died in battle; there he met a holy man rummaging around in a huge pile of bones.

‘What are you doing?’ asked the king.

‘All honour to Your Majesty!’ said the holy man. ‘When I learned that the king of Spain was coming here, I decided to collect together the bones of your late father and give them to you. But however hard I look, I cannot find them, for they are exactly the same as the bones of peasants, poor men, beggars and slaves.’

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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Are you going to get involve with the writing of the script for the movie Warner Bros are planning to make after The Alchemist? When it is going to be released, what will the casting be?


One of my few regrets in life is that I sold the rights of one of my books. It was the beginning of my international career, and I had no experience at all. Yesterday I saw an interview with Julia Roberts about me, and she says: “I hope that Paulo Coelho never sells the rights of his books to movies. The magic of his books is in the words and sentences.” I totally agree with her.

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there.

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The kingdom of this world

By Paulo Coelho

An old hermit was once invited to go to the court of the most powerful king of the age.

‘I envy a holy man like you, who contents himself with so little,’ remarked the king.

‘I envy Your Majesty, who contents himself with even less than me,’ replied the hermit.

‘How can you say that when the whole of this country belongs to me?’ said the king, offended.

‘For precisely that reason. I have the music of the celestial spheres, I have the rivers and the mountains of the entire world, I have the moon and the sun, because I have God in my heart. All Your Majesty has, on the other hand, is this kingdom.’

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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

The Alchemist became a world wide phenomenon. What did inspire you to write this novel and did you expect to have such a tremendous success?

When I wrote this novel, I was trying to understand my own journey, and the only way that I had to do it, it was through a metaphor. As for the success, I still have no idea, and I don’t think too much about it. I only enjoy the fact that I am not alone, because the readers identify their journey with the journey in the book, and that means that we share the same challenges.

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Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

At the beginning of his struggle, the Warrior says: "I have dreams."
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Heaven and hell

By Paulo Coelho


 
A violent samurai warrior with a reputation for provoking fights for no reason arrived at the gates of a Zen monastery and asked to speak to the master.
 
Without hesitating, Ryokan went to meet him.
 
‘They say that intelligence is more powerful than brute force,’ said the samurai. ‘Can you explain to me what heaven and hell are?’
 
Ryokan said nothing.
 
‘You see?’ bellowed the samurai. ‘I could explain quite easily: to show someone what hell is, you just have to punch them. To show them what heaven is, you just have threaten them with terrible violence and then let them go.’
 
‘I don’t talk to stupid people like you,’ said the Zen master.
 
The blood rushed to the samurai’s head. His brain became thick with hatred.
 
‘That is hell,’ said Ryokan, smiling. ‘Allowing yourself to be upset by silly remarks.’
 
Taken aback by the monk’s courage, the samurai warrior softened.
 
‘And that is heaven,’ said Ryokan, inviting him in. ‘Not reacting to foolish provocations.’

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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

So many times you talk about very serious issues, yet you use everyday words which are familiar to most people – to people who may not even realize their true meanings. Have you ever given any thought as to what is the secret of your literary success?

There is no such a thing as a secret to success. I try to talk directly because I believe that God talks directly to us, without using complicated words. God has sense of humor, why shouldn’t I?