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Paulo Coelho’s “Eleven Minutes” Quotes (42 Quotes)


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  • I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It's all a question of how I view my life.
    (Paulo Coelho, "Eleven Minutes")

  • Profound desire, true desire is the desire to be close to someone.
    (Paulo Coelho, "Eleven Minutes")

  • I love you', though, were three words she had often heard during her twenty-two years, and it seemed to her that they were now completely devoid of meaning, because they had never turned into anything serious or deep, never translated into a lasting relationship.
    (Paulo Coelho, "Eleven Minutes")

  • Read. Forget everything you've been told about books and read.
    (Paulo Coelho, "Eleven Minutes")

  • I need to write about love. I need to think and think and write about love-otherwise, my soul won't survive.
    (Paulo Coelho, "Eleven Minutes")


  • She thinks about the other prostitutes who work with her. She thinks about her mother and her friends. They all believe that man feels desire for only eleven minutes a day, and that they'll pay a fortune for it. That's not true; a man is also a woman; he wants to find someone, to give meaning to his life.
    (Paulo Coelho, "Eleven Minutes")

  • I've learned that waiting is the most difficult bit, and I want to get used to the feeling, knowing that you're with me, even when you're not by my side.
    (Paulo Coelho, "Eleven Minutes")

  • She wants to drink that man too, and then she can forget forever the cheap wine that you gulp down and that makes you feel drunk, but always leaves you with a headache and an empty space in your soul.
    (Paulo Coelho, "Eleven Minutes")

  • All my life, I thought of love as some kind of voluntary enslavement. Well, that's a lie: freedom only exists when love is present. The person who gives him or herself wholly, the person who feels freest, is the person who loves most wholeheartedly.
    (Paulo Coelho, "Eleven Minutes")

  • If I must be faithful to someone or something, I have, first of all, have to be faithful to myself.
    (Paulo Coelho, "Eleven Minutes")

  • She was doing it because she had nothing to lose, because her life was one of constant, day to day frustration.
    (Paulo Coelho, "Eleven Minutes")

  • And the person who loves wholeheartedly feels free.
    (Paulo Coelho, "Eleven Minutes")

  • If you want to achieve your objectives, you have to be prepared for a daily dose of pain or discomfort. At first, it's unpleasant and demotivating, but in time you come to realise that it's part of the process of feeling good, and the moment arrives when, if you don't feel pain, you have a sense that the exercises aren't having the desired effect.
    (Paulo Coelho, "Eleven Minutes")

  • She wasn't a victim of fate, she was running her own risks, pushing beyond her own limits, experiencing things which, one day, in the silence of her heart, in the tedium of old age, she would remember almost with nostalgia - however absurd that might seem.
    (Paulo Coelho, "Eleven Minutes")

  • Anyone who is in love is making love the whole time, even when they're not. When two bodies meet, it is just the cup overflowing. They can stay together for hours, even days. They begin the dance one day and finish it the next, or--such is the pleasure they experience--they may never finish it. No eleven minutes for them.
    (Paulo Coelho, "Eleven Minutes")


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