Paulo Coelho

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Love or dream

Author: Paulo Coelho

By Paulo Coelho

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. (The Alchemist, 1988)

Almost half of emails that I receive come from people that say that they had to renounce their dream for love. And then, some of my readers raise the question:

1- Parents who love their children want them to be happy, safe and to succeed, but even following a “common” path, success is never for sure and life is not safe.The fear of “loosing” makes many a man and woman not even trying to fight… How many single mothers aren’t there who have succeeded in spite of a week which seemed too full to fit anything else than work and children? Fear, not love. (Josephine)

2- If I must choose for doing a job or stay with the person I love. Definetly I choose the second one, because jobs we can find it all around but a person who spend your life with is not easy. (Maria)

3- I think love is an integral part of one’s dreams. If you have to give up your dream in order to find or keep love then I don’t believe that you have found true love. Love does not stop you from realizing your dream. (Davinia)

4- “There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to out-carol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the price of great pain… or so says the legend…”Can love make a person stay from his/her personal legend? NO – your soul will die – if you do. But the price one must pay. (Nini Rebecca)

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