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  • First of all, when a writer finishes a novel, he doesn’t know whether he explained his soul or not. But in the case of Eleven Minutes, talking about such a sensitive subject as sexuality, I was not sure that I made my case, that I could explain myself. I do not write to please, I write to express myself.
    Paulo Coelho Quotes
  • Yes, there was a moment when I was writing The Alchemist that I thought I had been trapped in the writing because, in fact, I wrote The Alchemist in fifteen days. Not fifteen days, but thirty-nine years and fifteen days. Picasso probably was poor. (Laughs.) And there was a moment in The Alchemist when the boy has to change himself into the wind, and when I reached that moment, I thought, I don't know how to end this part of the book. But, in fact, the book wrote itself, and I had it. So I think, for me, this is not a favorite part, but I remember it as clear as the day that it was -- the most difficult moment in writing it and that the universe conspired to help me.
    Paulo Coelho Quotes
  • Well, my dream was always to become a writer, but when I went to my mother to tell her that I would like to write books and become a writer, and she said, "Well, of course you can do this, but first you enroll yourself in the law school, become a lawyer, and then you'll be able to write in your spare time". Which I did, of course, because sometimes you feel very insecure about the future. But it was then that the hippie generation arrived, and give me strength to quit everything, to quit the law school and started to pursue my dream -- to follow my dream. But I didn't yet write books until 1986 when I wrote my first book, that is currently published here as The Pilgrimage. After that, that time, I was writing, you know, for television, for newspapers, and even lyrics for rock songs that are very popular in Brazil. But The Pilgrimage, my first book, I wrote when I was I was almost thirty-eight years old. I'm now forty-eight.
    Paulo Coelho Quotes
  • I don't want people to go through what I went through. I want kids to have the ability to read, to write, to understand what people are saying to them, to be able to solve life's problems.
    Tom Cruise Quotes
  • I don't read. I don't watch the TV shows that are about that. I don't read the magazines that make things up about people. I know what the truth is. I don't sort of indulge in my own fodder. I don't really care what they write about me.
    Ashton Kutcher
  • And I just liked the words. I think the words walk a very, very fine line of being at times, being very much sort of very, very dramatic and other times unbelievably realistic. Personally, to me that's what it's all about - great words. I like great writing, and it was clear that this was great writing.
    Jude Law Quotes
  • I've read all of Shakespeare and practiced a lot of lines. … I am going to do Juliet first. Don't laugh. What, with what makeup, costume and camera can do, my acting will create a Juliet who is 14, an innocent virgin.
    Marilyn Monroe Quotes
  • We start with the written word. Then we get to TV, originally with the idea that it will protect the advertising base and it then progresses into a medium of its own with news, programmes and ideas. You then look at TV and you say: 'Look, we don't want to just buy programmes from a Hollywood studio, we'd better have one.'
    Rupert Murdoch Quotes
  • Often while reading a book one feels that the author would have preferred to paint rather than write; one can sense the pleasure he derives from describing a landscape or a person, as if he were painting what he is saying, because deep in his heart he would have preferred to use brushes and colors.
    Pablo Picasso Quotes
  • Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment but it was. It was a fine Compliment.
    Jackson Pollock Quotes

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