“The Alchemist” – Paulo Coelho 

  • It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life so interesting.
  • Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
  • The world’s greatest lie is that: “At a certain point in our lives, we lose control oh what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.”
  • When you are young, everything is clear and possible. You are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything you want to happen to you in your lives. But, as time passes by, a mysterious force begins to convince you that it will be impossible for you to realize your Personal Legend. (It’s what you have always wanted to accomplish.)
  • The Soul of the World is nourished by people’s happiness.  And also by unhappiness, envy and jealousy. To realize one’s Personal Legend is a person’s only real obligation.
  • When you want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
  • If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work towards getting it.
  • EVERYTHING IN LIFE HAS ITS PRICE.
  • You can have the freedom of the wind. There is nothing to hold you back except yourself.
  • Principle of Favorability: When you play cards the first time, you are almost sure to win-“Beginner’s Luck”.  Reason: There is a force that wants you to realize your personal legend; it whets your appetite with a taste of success.
  • In order to find your treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you.
  • IF YOU CAN, TRY TO MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS.
  • Making a decision is only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to place he had never dreamt of when he first made the decision.
  • The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon. (your main aim)
  • You see the world in terms of what you would like to see happen, not what actually does.
  • I’m afraid that if my dream is realized, I’ll have no reason to go on living.
  • The desert is a capricious lady, and sometimes she drives men crazy.
  • The closer one gets to realizing his personal legend, the more that personal legend becomes his true reason for being.
  • Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because its all written there-Maktub
  • People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want. The fear of losing what we have evaporates when we understand that our life stories and world history were written by the same hand.
  • He was experiencing the language without words- the universal language.
  • We make a lot of detours, but we’re always heading for the same destination.
  • Soul of the world: When you want something with all your heart, that’s when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It’s always a positive force.
  • Everything on this earth has a soul. Not only humans, but also minerals, vegetable, animal – even a simple thought.
  • The alchemist’s Master Work was part liquid and part solid: The liquid part, called the Elixir of life, could cure all illness and the solid part, called the Philosopher’s Stone could turn large quantities of metal into gold.
  • Only those who are persistent and willing to study things deeply, achieve the Master Work.  
  • The world has a soul and whoever understands that soul can also understand the language of things.
  • Everyone has his or her own way of learning things. But all are in search of their personal legends and we should respect each other for this.
  • If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.
  • Live the present moment-the party like you did the lessons of the past and the dreams of the future.
  • In the pursuit of your dream, you shall be constantly subjected to tests of your persistence and courage. So don’t be hasty or impatient. If you push forward impulsively, you would fail to see the signs and omens left by God along your path.
  • When you know the universal language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning ~ Maktub
  • The secret of the future lies in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.
  • No Alchemist knows the future. Only when “He”, himself reveals it, do we know the future. And God only rarely reveals the future. When he does so, it is for only one reason: it’s a future that was written so as to be altered.
  • Whoever believes in dreams knows how to interpret them.
  • Courage is the quality most essential to understand the Language of the World.
  • Is Wine prohibited? It’s not what enters men’s mouth that’s evil, it’s what comes out of their mouths that is.
  • Wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.
  • Love never keeps a man from pursuing his Personal Legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t true love……the love that speaks the Language of the World.
  • I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.
  • Don’t think about what you’ve left behind. If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.
  • LISTEN TO YOUR HEART, It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there.
  • You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say. That way, you’ll never have to fear an unanticipated blow.
  • People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them.
  • No heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.
  • Everyone on this earth has a treasure that awaits him. People’s hearts seldom say much about those treasures, because people no longer want to go in search of them. We simply let life proceed, in its own direction, towards its own fate. But, unfortunately, very few follow the path laid out for them – the path to their Personal Legends, and to their happiness.
  • Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.
  • 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, so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we have learnt as we’ve moved towards that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, we are just about to see the horizon.
  • Every search begins with a beginner’s luck and ends with the victor being severely tested.
  • DARKEST HOUR OF THE NIGHT COMES JUST BEFORE DAWN.
  • When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.
  • Your eyes show the strength of your soul.
  • Anyone who interferes with the Personal Legend of another thing never will discover his own.
  • Don’t give in to your fears. If you do so, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.
  • There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
  • When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you.
  • Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World.
  • It is we who nourish the Soul of the World, and the world we live in will be either better or worse, depending on whether we become better or worse. And that’s where the power of love comes in. Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.
  • When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
  • Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.

“My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer”, said the boy.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse that the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams”, replied the Alchemist.