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Paulo Coelho: Why the Universe Is Conspiring to Help You

Season 5 Episode 520
Aired on 09/07/2014 | CC tv-pg
In the 25 years since its publication, Paulo Coelho's spiritual novel The Alchemist has sold 65 million copies and has been translated into 80 different languages, altering the course of countless lives in the process.

One of the passages most often quoted from the book—and one of Oprah's all-time favorite quotes—reads, "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."

Find out what this means to Paulo and how he first discovered the idea by examining his own life.

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