Best Paulo Coelho Quotes from The Fifth Mountain

I was reading The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho and finally completed it over the weekend that went by. As of now, I have read two other books by him – The Alchemist and The Zahir. Initially, I found the pace of this one a bit slow for my liking. However, half way through the book, I started liking it. Whenever I sit with a good book, I always sit with a pencil to mark parts that I would love to go back to. Here are a few from this book –

Every man can sense when he is in danger; he begins to react in strange ways, to have premonitions, to feel something in the air. And he tries to deceive himself, for he thinks himself incapable of confronting the situation.


It’s not easy to listen: in our prayers we always try to say where we have erred, and what we should like to happen to us. But the Lord already knows all of this, and sometimes asks us only to hear what the Universe is telling us. And to be patient.


All life’s battles teach us something, even those we lose.



But no one can lose sight of what he desires. Even if there are moments when he believes the world and the others are stronger. The secret is this: do not surrender.


The meaning of my life was whatever I wanted it to be

Fear reaches only to the point where the unavoidable begins; from there on, it loses it’s meaning. And all we have left is the hope that we are making the right decision.


Every man hath the right to doubt his task, and to forsake it from time to time; but what he must not do is forget it.


Courage is fear that prays.


Imagine a new story of your life, and believe in it. Concentrate only on those moments in which you achieved what you desired, and this strength will help you accomplish what you want.


Custom exists to maintain the world in order. If we meddle with it, the world itself will perish.


Life is made of our attitudes. And there are certain things that Gods oblige us to live through. Their reason for this does not matter, and there is no action we can take to make them pass by us.


A child can always teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires


She was free, for love liberates.


The brave are always stubborn.


Boy: ‘The Lord is stern.’

Elijah: ‘Only with those He has chosen’


At this moment, many people have stopped living. They do not become angry, nor cry out. They merely wait for time to pass. They did not accept the challenges of life, so life no longer challenges them.



A warrior is always aware of what is worth fighting for. He does not go into combat over things that do not concern him, and he never wastes his time over provocations.


For many generations, men tried to impose their will by force; they spoke of what they wanted but cared not what the people thought – and all those empires have been destroyed.


It is always necessary to know when a stage of one’s life has ended. If you stubbornly cling to it after the need has passed, you lose the joy and meaning of the rest. And you risk being shaken to your senses by God.

These are the lines that really stayed with me and hope you liked it too. Which quotes did you like most from these? Do let me know in the comments below.

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