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Quote and Person of the day- Paulo Coelho

“There are days that life is about dreams, goals, brightness. And there are days that life is just about putting foot in front of the other and continue walking - there is nothing wrong about this”

- Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist, best known for his novel ‘The Alchemist’.⠀

Coelho’s parents, worried that he wanted to become a writer, put their son in an insane asylum 3 times before the age of 20. He says, “My parents thought I was psychotic. That was the diagnosis. I used to read a lot, I was very shy and I didn’t socialise very easily. I have forgiven them. They did not do that to destroy me, they did that to save me. It is up to you to say, ‘Stop, I love you but I’m going to do what is better for me and at the end of the day, you’re going to realise that I was right.”⠀

After some therapy, he came to the conclusion that everyone must live out their madness a little bit. Now, he says, “If madness means being other than “normal” that is fine with me. If it is threatening for oneself and society, there is a problem. My motto is: A little bit of madness is quite healthful.”⠀

After years of hedonism on the road, Paulo returned to Brazil to pursue a career writing songs. He built a strong and lucrative career doing this – in 1974, he was even arrested for ‘subversive’ activities by the ruling military government for writing revolutionary lyrics. He went through torture in jail at the time. ⠀

In 1986, Coelho took the pilgrimage, Camino de Santiago. He would say, “I was very happy in the things I was doing. I was doing something that gave me food and water – to use the metaphor in The Alchemist, I was working, I had a person whom I loved, I had money, but I was not fulfilling my dream. My dream was, and still is, to be a writer.”⠀

While trying to overcome his procrastination about launching his writing career, Coelho said, "If I see a white feather today, that is a sign that God is giving me that I have to write a new book." Coelho found a white feather in the window of a shop, and began writing that day.⠀

His work has been published in more than 170 countries and translated into eighty languages, selling in the hundreds

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