All Life’s Battles Teach Us Something — Even Those We Lose!

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Brazil has given us many gifts – caipirinhas on the beach, the insane yearly carnival, the samba, and Paulo Coelho, author of the best-selling novel the Alchemist. Coelho was born in the Brazilian sunshine of Rio de Janiero and brings all the sultry zest of Brazil to the ideas he spills onto his pages. I will never forget the first time a fellow traveler handed me the Alchemist in a hostel in Ecuador. Luckily, I had a 10 hour bus ride ahead of me where I proceeded to finish the entire book in one sitting.

I’m a quote queen/ diary nerd who loves a little daily dose of inspiration, and Coelho’s quotes are the perfect mix of encouragement and spirituality written with an adventurous tone. He allows you to be swept away in the journey, and will encourage you to chase your dreams, chase adventure, and maybe even chase love.

These are 20 of my all-time favorite quotes that might push you closer to the edge, stir your soul, or encourage the next jump into the unknown…

1. “One day you will wake up and realize there won’t be anymore time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.”

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2. “It is precisely the possibility of realizing a dream that makes life interesting.”

3. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.”

4. “Life attracts life.”

5. “You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own.”

6. “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”

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7. “Be brave, take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.”

8. “Because there is a force that wants you to realize your personal legend; it wets your appetite with a taste of success.”

9. “It is we who nourish the soul of the world.”

10. “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”

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11. “If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.”

12. “We have to stop and be humble enough to understand that there is something called mystery.”

13. “Imagine a new story for your life and start living it.”

14. “Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.”

15. “You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.”

16. “There are three things that a child can teach an adult: To be happy for no reason; to be always busy doing something; And to know how to demand – with all one’s might – what one wants.”

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17. “Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”

18. “Most people see the world as a threatening place and because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.”

19. “Courage in the path is what makes the path manifest itself.”

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20. “We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust swirling and dancing in eddies and whirlpools in 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.”