Every once in a while you come across a book that affects you so profoundly that all you want to do is share it with everyone you know (and everyone you will ever meet). Paulo Coelho's “The Alchemist” was that book for me.
When I first read it back in my early 20's, I was blown away with its eloquent prose and simple narrative. The story-line flows much like a piece of poetry.
“Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.” – Amazon.com
I loved this book so much that I gave it to my wife to be on our first official date together… yes, it is that great of a book.
Do yourself a solid and pick up a copy of this timeless masterpiece – and if that doesn't happen, at least enjoy some of the following quotes…
40 of the Greatest and Most Inspiring “Alchemist” Quotes by Paulo Coelho
The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.Tweet This!
You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.Tweet This!
And, when you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.Tweet This!
Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present.Tweet This!
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. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own. Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that 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. No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it. This is what we call love. 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. We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time. If someone isn't what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own. I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. 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 now. When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises. Why do we have to listen to our hearts? the boy asked. “Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.” It was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than of anything in the world. He had been told by his parents and grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed. But maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language. Because, when you know that language, it's easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it's in the middle of the desert or in some great city. 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.
If you start by promising what you don't even have yet, you'll lose your desire to work towards getting it. Don't think about what you've left behind, The alchemist said to the boy as they began to ride across the sands of the desert. “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.” When someone sees the same people every day, as had happened with him at the seminary, they wind up becoming a part of that person's life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn't what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own. There is only one way to learn. It's through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.
It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path.
At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That's the world's greatest lie.
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.
I'm alive. When I'm eating that's all I think about. If I'm on the march, I just concentrate on marching. If I have to fight, it will be just as good a day as any to die. If you can concentrate always on the present, you'll be a happy man. Life is the moment we are living now.