About the idea of a clash between cultures, between civilisations, I don’t believe in it. It’s something some political leaders tried to use, and that the media tried and are still trying to sell us, in order to simplify the world and their work.
All women have a perception much more developed than men. So all women somehow, being repressed for so many millennia, they ended up by developing this sixth sense and contemplation and love. And this is something that we have a hard time to accept as part of our society.
Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.
Beauty is the greatest seducer of man.
Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.
Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be.
Elegance is usually confused with superficiality, fashion, lack of depth. This is a serious mistake: human beings need to have elegance in their actions and in their posture because this word is synonymous with good taste, amiability, equilibrium and harmony.
Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.
Every day I try to be in communication with the universe in an unconscious way.
Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world.
Everybody is a political person, whether you say something or you are silent. A political attitude is not whether you go to parliament; it’s how you deal with your life, with your surroundings.
Everything for me is sacred, beginning with earth, but also going to things made by man.
Everything is possible, from angels to demons to economists and politicians.
Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.
Happiness is just another of the tricks that our genetic system plays on us to carry out its only role, which is the survival of the species.
However happy people say they are, nobody is satisfied: we always have to be with the prettiest woman, buy a bigger house, change cars, desire what we do not have.
I always was a rich person because money’s not related to happiness.
I am 100 per cent Virgo, stubborn, over-organised, slightly abstracted from the rest of the world.
I am a Catholic because I choose to be a Catholic. And then I go to the Mass because I choose. It is out of my free will.
I am a Catholic, not so committed to the church, but to the idea of the Virgin, the female face of God.
I am a Catholic.
I am not a self-help writer. I am a self-problem writer. When people read my books, I provoke some things. I cannot justify my work. I do my work; it is up to them to classify it, to judge.
I am not happy, and the quest for happiness as a principal objective is not part of my world. Of course, ever since I can remember, I have done what I felt like doing.
I believe enlightenment or revelation comes in daily life. I look for joy, the peace of action. You need action. I’d have stopped writing years ago if it were for the money.
I can control my destiny, but not my fate. Destiny means there are opportunities to turn right or left, but fate is a one-way street. I believe we all have the choice as to whether we fulfil our destiny, but our fate is sealed.
I can’t consciously explain how people feel after reading my books. All is too personal.
I cry very easily. It can be a movie, a phone conversation, a sunset – tears are words waiting to be written.
I don’t go to parties in general.
I don’t set out to write about spirituality; I am free to do something different every time.
I don’t try to control my days.
I had this dream to become a writer since I was a teenager.
I hate to be smart.
I have been practicing archery for a long time; a bow and arrow helps me to unwind.
I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.
I have spent every New Year’s Eve since 1992 in Lourdes. I spend the hour of my birth every year in the grotto. It’s a place with meaning for me.
I lived in a dictatorship in Brazil, and I was arrested three times. I felt in my flesh what it is to live under such a regime and experience deprivation of freedom.
I love almost everything about my work except conferences. I am too shy in front of an audience. But I love signings and having eye contact with a reader who already knows my soul.
I never say I am a guru.
I talk to my readers on social networking sites, but I never tell them what the book is about. Writing is lonely, so from time to time I talk to them on the Internet. It’s like chatting at a bar without leaving your office. I talk with them about a lot of things other than my books.
I think you can have 10,000 explanations for failure, but no good explanation for success.
I tweet in the morning and the evening. To write 12 hours a day, there is a moment when you’re really tired. It’s my relaxing time.
I walk every day, and I look at the mountains and the fields and the small city, and I say: ‘Oh my God, what a blessing.’ Then you realise it’s important to put it in a context beyond this woman, this man, this city, this country, this universe.
I wanted to write when I was young, but people said it was impossible. Then my parents locked me in a mental institution – they said I was crazy and would never make a living from writing.
I was arrested three times and tortured once.
I was not encouraged to follow the career of a writer because my parents thought that I was going to starve to death. They thought nobody can make a living from being a writer in Brazil. They were not wrong.
I write from my soul. This is the reason that critics don’t hurt me, because it is me. If it was not me, if I was pretending to be someone else, then this could unbalance my world, but I know who I am.
I’d have stopped writing years ago if it were for the money.
If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work towards getting it.
I’m first and foremost a writer. I followed my personal legend, my childhood dream of becoming a writer, but I can’t say why I’m one.
I’m modern because I make the difficult seem easy, and so I can communicate with the whole world.
I’m not a person that socializes very well.
I’m not saying that love always takes you to heaven. Your life can become a nightmare. But that said, it is worth taking the risk.
In the United States, I am a great success, but I am not a celebrity.
In writing, I apply my feminine side and respect the mystery involved in creation.
It took me 40 years to write my first book. When I was a child, I was encouraged to go to school. I was not encouraged to follow the career of a writer because my parents thought that I was going to starve to death.
It’s not difficult for me to put my feelings into written form. I try to be concise and to go direct to the subject. This is what people like about my work, and what the critics hate.
It’s very difficult to read a book on your computer.
I’ve done everything I wanted to do, even if I have had to pay a very high price – which has been the case most of the time.
Jesus lived a life that was full of joy and contradictions and fights, you know? If they were to paint a picture of Jesus without contradictions, the gospels would be fake, but the contradictions are a sign of authenticity.
Let us be absolutely clear about one thing: we must not confuse humility with false modesty or servility.
Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.
Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere.
Love is a trap. When it appears, we see only its light, not its shadows.
Most of my young years were spent under the boots of the military.
Music for me, it demands full concentration.
My connection with Brazil is so abstract. My blood and my way of thinking is Brazilian, but that’s it. I don’t tend to go back to the past, and although I have an apartment there, I rarely visit. When I move, I really move.
My literature is much more the result of a paradox than that of an implacable logic, typical of police novels. The paradox is the tension that exists in my soul.
My readers – and I get 400 emails for a day, my readers normally they say, well, you understand me, and I answer, you do understand me also. We are in the same level.
MySpace is an addiction.
MySpace is my wife… Facebook is my mistress.
No one can lie, no one can hide anything, when he looks directly into someone’s eyes.
No, I never saw an angel, but it is irrelevant whether I saw one or not. I feel their presence around me.
Of course, to have money is just great because you can do what you think is important to you.
Of course, to have money is just great because you can do what you think is important to you. I always was a rich person because money’s not related to happiness.
Once I found this possibility to use Twitter and Facebook and my blog to connect to my readers, I’m going to use it, to connect to them and to share thoughts that I cannot use in the book.
One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
People are very reluctant to talk about their private lives but then you go to the internet and they’re much more open.
Physical elegance, which is what I am talking about here, comes from the body. This is no superficial matter, but rather the way that man found to honour the way he places his two feet on the ground.
Publishers see free downloads as threatening the sales of the book.
Publishing is in a kind of Jurassic age.
Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.
Sometimes I catch myself stooping, and whenever I am like that, I am sure something is not quite right.
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.
The gigantic tension before the shooting of an arrow, and the total relaxation seconds later, is my way of connecting to the universe.
The good old days, when each idea had an owner, are gone forever.
The major religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, they deny somehow that God has a feminine face. However, if you go to the holy texts, you see there is this feminine presence.
The more in harmony with yourself you are, the more joyful you are and the more faithful you are. Faith is not to disconnect you from reality – it connects you to reality.
The more violent the storm, the quicker it passes.
The only thing that relaxes me is archery. That’s why I have to have apartments with gardens.
The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes or other people’s opinions.
The wise are wise only because they love. The fool are fools only because they think they can understand love.
There is an afterlife. I am convinced of this.
Things do not always happen the way I would like them to happen, and I had better get used to that.
This may sound a little bit idealistic, but when I go to my blog, my Facebook page, my Twitter account, I talk to different people from all over the world, and you see how it’s easy to establish a dialogue.
Today, writers want to impress other writers.
Twitter is my bar. I sit at the counter and listen to the conversations, starting others, feeling the atmosphere.
Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering.
We have lost contact with reality, the simplicity of life.
We have to stop and be humble enough to understand that there is something called mystery.
We want to answer this classical question, who am I? So I think that most of our works are for art, or whatever we do, including science or religion, tried to answer that question.
What I can say is that all my characters are searching for their souls, because they are my mirrors. I’m someone who is constantly trying to understand my place in the world, and literature is the best way that I found in order to see myself.
What interests me in life is curiosity, challenges, the good fight with its victories and defeats.
When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.
When I write a book, I write a book for myself; the reaction is up to the reader. It’s not my business whether people like or dislike it.
When I’m dancing, I’m not thinking about anything. I am here. I am totally there. You know? And the feeling is a sensation of being away from myself. My soul dances with the angels, and my body dances with my wife.
When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.
When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
When you write an article about anything, trolls use the comments to attack. They feel frustrated – but haters are losers. It’s not good to feed this aspect. It’s more intelligent to be constructive.
With all due respect, the Mona Lisa is overrated.
Writers are lampposts and critics are dogs. Ask lampposts what they think about dogs. Does the dog hurt the lamppost?
Writing is a solitary experience. I’m extremely superstitious. If I talk about the book or name the title out loud before finishing, I feel the energy I need to write will be drained. It’s so intimate, I can’t even share it with my wife.
Writing means sharing. It’s part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions.
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. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.
You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.
You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.
You should treat a muse like a fairy.
You’re always learning. The problem is, sometimes you stop and think you understand the world. This is not correct. The world is always moving. You never reach the point you can stop making an effort.