The Brazilian author of "The Alchemist" and many other novels Paulo Coelho has moved the world with his seemingly simple spiritual tales, selling 85 million books in more than 150 countries. Here are some of our favorite inspirational quotes from his beloved writings--on everything from following your dreams to making friends with your own heart.

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Paulo Coelho's latest novel is "Brida" (Harper, 2008).

Your Journey

There is one great truth on this planet:
whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do,
when you really want something,
it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe.
It's your mission on earth.

The Alchemist

Seeking Love

The moment we begin to seek love,
love begins to seek us.
And to save us.

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

The Best Teacher

What is a teacher? I'll tell you:
it isn't someone who teaches something,
but someone who inspires the student to give of her best
in order to discover what she already knows.

The Witch of Portobello

Befriending the Heart

The boy and his heart had become friends,
and neither was capable now of betraying the other.

The Alchemist

The Only Thing

Only one thing makes a dream impossible:
the fear of failure.

The Alchemist

This Precious Moment

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.

The Alchemist

The Secret of Life

The secret of life, though,
is to fall seven times
and to get up eight times.

The Alchemist

The Good Fight

Often, during combat, the warrior of light receives blows that he was not expecting.
And he realizes that, during a war, his enemy is bound to win some of the battles.
When this happens, the warrior of light weeps bitter tears and rests
in order to recover his energies a little.
But he immediately resumes the battle for his dreams.

Manual of the Warrior of Light

What is Intuition?

Intuition is really a sudden immersion
of the soul into the universal current of life,
where the histories of all people are connected,
and we are able to know everything,
because it's all written there.

The Alchemist

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