Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho.

Hi, people! How are you? Today, we’ll take a look at one of the finest authors in the history of Brazilian literature: Paulo Coelho. Paulo Coelho is not just well-known for his novels, but also for his enchanting quotes! Let’s get to know a little bit more about this life and end with a nice exercise!

About this Famous Brazilian Writer

Paulo Coelho is one of the most read and most loved authors that Brazil has ever known. His work combines mystical topics, self-help, romance, police investigations, and fiction stories. Paulo’s books are sold in 160 countries and translated into 73 languages.

He was born in Rio de Janeiro, on August 24th, 1947. Ever since he was a kid, he enjoyed writing and had a small diary with notes about his own life. As time went by, Paulo became a troublesome teenager. Because of arguments between his parents, he suffered from depression and anger. He ended up being hospitalized three times and even put into a nursing home.

How Paulo Coelho Novels Helped Him

Paulo overcame his adversities and decided to make several trips around the world. He walked the path of Caminho de Santiago for three months and that inspired him to write O Diário de um Mago, one of the greatest successes of his career. The next book, O Alquimista, became the best-selling book of all time in Brazil, exceeding more than 80 million copies. According to the Guinness Book of Records, he is the living author who has had the most translations of his books.

Books by Paulo Coelho

examples of paulo coelho novels: as valkirias and brida

Paulo Coelho’s books are well-known by many people all around the world. But in case you want to take a look at the full list with all his works up until 2022, here it is! Let’s check out all of Paulo Coelho’s novels!

The Manifest of Krig-há (1974)
Theater For Education (1974)
Hell Archives (1982)
Practical Manual of Vampirism (1986)
The Pilgrimage (1987)
The Alchemist (1988)
Brida (1990)
The Greatest Gift (1991)
The Valkyries (1992)
Maktub (1994)
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (1994)
The Fifth Mountain (1996)
Love Letters from a Prophet (1997)
Manual of the Warrior of Light (1997)
Veronika Decides to Die (1998)
Essential Words (1998)
The Devil and Miss Prym (2000)
Fathers, Sons and Grandsons (2001)
Eleven Minutes (2003)
And on the Seventh Day (2004)
The Genie and the Roses (2004)
Journeys (2004)
The Zahir (2005)
Revived Paths (2005)
Like the Flowing River (2006)
The Witch of Portobello (2006)
Life: Selected Quotations (2007)
The Winner Stands Alone (2008)
Aleph (2010)
Manuscript Found in Accra (2012)
Adultery (2014)
The Spy (2016)
Hippie (2018)
The Archer (2020)

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Paulo Coelho Quotes

Paulo Coelho is well-known by his quotes, which make us meditate on our life and choices. We selected a few of the best quotes by Paulo Coelho for you to muse upon:

Diga para seu coração que o medo de sofrer é pior do que o próprio sofrimento. E que nenhum coração jamais sofreu quando foi em busca de seus sonhos.
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.

Quando você quer algo, todo o universo conspira para ajudá-lo a alcançá-lo.
“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Não existe nada de completamente errado no mundo, mesmo um relógio parado consegue estar certo duas vezes por dia.
Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Lágrimas são palavras que devem ser escritas.
Tears are words that need to be written.

Nós somos viajantes numa viagem cósmica, agitando e dançando os turbilhões e redemoinhos do infinito. A vida é eterna. Paremos um momento para nos encontrar, conhecer, amar, compartilhar. Este é um momento precioso. É um parêntesis pequeno na eternidade.
We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.

“Quem ama esperando ser amado de volta está perdendo tempo.”
Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time.”

“Os que te odeiam são admiradores secretos que não entendem por quê tantos te amam.”
“Haters are confused admirers who can’t understand why everybody else likes you.”

“Em cada instante das nossas vidas temos um pé nos contos de fadas e o outro no abismo.”
“At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss.”

So, which one of these Paulo Coelho quotes is your favorite? Is there one you particularly identify with?

Exercise About Paulo Coelho

Finish these sentences with the indicated verbs in the most suitable form!

  1. Paulo Coelho __________ (nascer) no Rio de Janeiro.
  2. O aniversário de Paulo Coelho __________ (ser) dia 24 de agosto.
  3. Paulo Coelho __________ (ser) um jovem com muitos problemas.
  4. O autor brasileiro sempre __________ (gostar) de escrever em diários.
  5. As frases de Paulo Coelho __________ (ser) muito conhecidas no mundo todo!
  6. Sempre que eu __________ (viajar) eu levo um livro do Paulo Coelho para ler.
  7. Você já __________ (ler) quantos livros do Paulo Coelho?
  8. Eu já __________ (ler) 8 livros diferentes, incluindo O Alquimista!
  9. Paulo Coelho já __________ (morar) no Rio de Janeiro, mas hoje em dia __________ (morar) em Genebra.

Now you know more about Paulo Coelho’s best books! Have you ever read any of Paulo Coelho novels? What kind of books do you like to read? If you want to learn more about Brazilian culture and its literature, study Portuguese with us!

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  1. nasceu
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  5. são
  6. viajo
  7. leu
  8. li
  9. morou / mora

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