Archives for October 2008

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

A Warrior of Light knows that an angel and a devil are both competing for his sword hand.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Today’s Question by the reader : Chesney

In the “About the Author” of The Alchemist, you say that a strange man encouraged you to walk the Road of Santiago de Compostela. Is the Road of Santiago de Compostela the same road that Santiago walks in The Alchemist?

Chesney, yes and no.

The road to Santiago is a pilgrimage that exists in the North of Spain whilst Santiago’s road to the Pyramids passes through the Sahara.

Yet, both paths can be seen as the same since they transform the person doing them. They are both an initiation.

When I wrote the Alchemist, a year later of writing about my pilgrimage to Santiago, I felt the need to tell my story through a metaphor. It’s no wonder then that the idea of a journey caught my imagination.

I’m first and foremost a pilgrim writer.

Same sex relationship

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Apparently the question of Lia provoked quite a lot of reaction and I have already been asked many times to write about same sex relationships. I’m not planning to write a column about this issue but in my new book “The Winner stands alone” I mention a relationship between two women.

I’m intrigued though and I would like for you to discuss openly about what you think about same sex relationships.

Image of the Day : Frozen Lake Baikal

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

The Warrior of Light has learned that it is best to follow the light.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Image of the Day – Moving Stones

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

The Warrior of Light is a believer.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Today’s Question by the reader : Lia

I read somewhere that by writing this book you tried to realize if people could revolve around eleven minutes and that you don’t believe people today revolve around sex.I remember that many had disagreed in your blog and the truth is I have heard many people saying that in our times it’s all about sex.So what do you answer them?Do you mean by your statement that sex has lost its true meaning?

Indeed, I believe sex has lost it’s true sacred meaning -i.e being closer to the core of live.

But this is more a symptom – rather than a cause – of how today’s society has cut itself from anything that remotely could bring it closer to the Mystery.

Image of the Day : The forest

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

The Warrior of Light recognizes the silence that precedes an important battle.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Today’s Question by the reader : Magda

Where you can find more knowledge about the universe that surround us?

To be honest, I think that it is mainly by surrending yourself to life and opening yourself to love that this is possible.

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

For the Warrior of Light, there is no such thing as an impossible love.
(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

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Today’s Question by the reader : Stephanie

I’ve visited your website, and I’m interested to know how you accomplish everything you do in a mere 24 hour day! What’s a day in the life of Paulo Coelho really like?

When I wrote about an ordinary week, I thought – this is just an ordinary week! And I was surprised to see that people did not agree. Please take into consideration that I mention naps, archery, movies, spending the whole afternoon watching people, etc. For our readers here who did not read my ordinary week, they are welcome to check http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2008/09/15/a-week-in-my-life/

Image of the Day : The Sea

Quote of the Day

By Paulo Coelho

Each of us faces two roads : action and contemplation. Both lead to the same point.
(Statutes for Life)

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Today’s Question by the reader : Maria Virginia

I would like to say that the way you are using this technology, as what is meant to be, a practical tool to reach even farther, is amazing! Many feel threatened by it, but not you, you have seen it’s potential. I hope our paths meet closer one day. I am truly honored by the opportunity to chat.

For me internet is another window towards people, life.
I’m always amazed by the imputs of readers, the creativity and freedom of this medium.
It would be a non-sense seeing a threat in a tool that enhances communication.

Your Opinion On : Free content and the new paradigm

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The question of this week is very simple and direct.

During the book fair in Frankfurt, I told everyone there that they should share content freely in the internet. Either we share or the industry will die. Most agreed with me but still had to figure out how they could survive in this new model. I didn’t have a ready-made answer to this since I’m taking my steps. This need for them to have an answer also applies to music, films and any other type of art. So, how can we share contents freely on the web and still make a living out of it?
According to you, how will the new paradigm of internet apply to the cultural industries?

You answers will be shared by me with some of the people I meet in Frankfurt.
You can also read my speech on copyrights and about the future of the book by clicking here