Octavian Paler (July 2, 1926 – May 7, 2007) was a Romanian writer, journalist, politician in Communist Romania, and civil society activist in post-1989 Romania.
Octavian Paler was born in Lisa, Braşov County.
He was educated at Spiru Haret High School in Bucharest. In the summer of 1944, just one week before graduating the 7th grade, he was forced to leave the school because of an argument with his uncle and Spiru Haret's school head master – George Șerban. Octavian Paler moved on to Radu Negru High School in Făgăraş, where he studied literature for his final examination. He graduated in 1945 with magna cum laude and outstanding results in philosophy, Latin and Greek. He sat the final examination in Sibiu in the same year.
Octavian Paler went on to study Philosophy and Law at the University of Bucharest.
He died of a heart attack on May 7, 2007 at the age of 80. He was buried with military honors in the Sfânta Vineri cemetery.