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Paulo Coelho’s “The Witch o Portobello” Quotes (22 Quotes)


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  • If there is any possible consolation in the tragedy of losing someone we love very much, it's the necessary hope that perhaps it was for the best.
    (Paulo Coelho, "The Witch o Portobello")

  • In order for us to liberate the energy of our strength, our weakness must first have a chance to reveal itself.
    (Paulo Coelho, "The Witch o Portobello")

  • Love fills everything. It cannot be desired because it is an end in itself. It cannot betray because it has nothing to do with possession. It cannot be held prisoner because it is a river and will overflow its banks. Anyone who tries to imprison love will cut off the spring that feeds it, and the trapped water will grow stagnant.
    (Paulo Coelho, "The Witch o Portobello")

  • Many of us are returning from a long journey during which we were forced to search for things that were of no interest to us. Now we realize that they were false. But this return cannot be made without pain, because we have been away for a long time and feel that we are strangers in out own land. It will take some time to find the friends who also left, and the places where our roots and treasures lie. But this will happen.
    (Paulo Coelho, "The Witch o Portobello")

  • No one places her dreams in the hands of those who might destroy them.
    (Paulo Coelho, "The Witch o Portobello")


  • Our body remains alive, yet sooner or later our soul will receive a mortal blow. The perfect crime--for we don't know who murdered our joy, what their motives were, or where the guilty parties are to be found.
    (Paulo Coelho, "The Witch o Portobello")

  • People learn twenty-five percent from their teacher, twenty-five percent from listening to themselves, twenty-five percent from their friends, and twenty-five percent from time.
    (Paulo Coelho, "The Witch o Portobello")

  • People no longer try to decipher the mystery of life but choose instead to be a part of it.
    (Paulo Coelho, "The Witch o Portobello")

  • They say that extroverts are unhappier than introverts and have to compensate for this by constantly proving to themselves how happy and contented and at ease with life they are.
    (Paulo Coelho, "The Witch o Portobello")

  • And the best way to know who we are is often to find out how others see us.
    (Paulo Coelho, "The Witch o Portobello")

  • They went to university because someone, at a time when universities seemed important, said that in order to rise in the world, you had to have a degree. And thus the world was deprived of some excellent gardeners, bakers, antique dealers, sculptors, and writers.
    (Paulo Coelho, "The Witch o Portobello")

  • But time, as well as healing all wounds, taught me something strange too: that it's possible to love more than one person in a lifetime. I remarried. I'm very happy with my new wife, and I can't imagine living without her. This, however, doesn't mean that I have to renounce all my past experiences, as long as I'm careful not to compare my two lives. You can't measure love the way you can the length of a road or the height of a building.
    (Paulo Coelho, "The Witch o Portobello")

  • We are not worshipping anyone or anything, we are simply communing with creation.
    (Paulo Coelho, "The Witch o Portobello")

  • Everything, absolutely everything on this earth makes sense, and even the smallest things are worthy of our consideration.
    (Paulo Coelho, "The Witch o Portobello")

  • What does learning mean: accumulating knowledge or transforming your life?
    (Paulo Coelho, "The Witch o Portobello")


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