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.
Let us be absolutely clear about one thing: we must not confuse humility with false modesty or servility.
When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.
MySpace is my wife... Facebook is my mistress.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I can't consciously explain how people feel after reading my books. All is too personal.
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.
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.
I am 100 per cent Virgo, stubborn, over-organised, slightly abstracted from the rest of the world.
I don't set out to write about spirituality; I am free to do something different every time.
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.
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.
I have been practicing archery for a long time; a bow and arrow helps me to unwind.
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.
In writing, I apply my feminine side and respect the mystery involved in creation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The only thing that relaxes me is archery. That's why I have to have apartments with gardens.
Sometimes I catch myself stooping, and whenever I am like that, I am sure something is not quite right.
Things do not always happen the way I would like them to happen, and I had better get used to that.
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 am a Catholic, not so committed to the church, but to the idea of the Virgin, the female face of God.
With all due respect, the Mona Lisa is overrated.
close some doors today. not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere
Each time we embrace someone warmly, we gain an extra day of life.
So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.
Life has many ways of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.
However good we are, however correctly we seek to lead our lives, tragedies do occur. We can blame others, look for justification, imagine how our lives would have been different without them. But none of that matters: they have happened, and that is that. From this point on, it is necessary that we review our own lives, overcome fear, and begin the process of reconstruction.
Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we've learned as we've moved toward that dream. That's the point at which most people give up. It's the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one 'dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.
If you only walk on sunny days you'll never reach your destination.
If you have a work instead of a job, every day is holiday
I've learned that waiting is the most difficult bit, and I want to get used to the feeling, knowing that you're with me, even when you're not by my side.