The Alchemist

by Paulo Coelho


  • There are four obstacles: (1) everything we want to do is impossible, (2) afraid to hurt people who love us, (3) fear of defeats, (4) fear of realizing the dream.
  • The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
  • It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting
  • 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.
  • whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.
  • To realize one’s destiny is the person’s only real obligation. All things are one.
  • Treasure is uncovered by the force of the flowing water, and it is buried by the same currents.
  • 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.
  • In order to find the 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.
  • I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not what actually does.
  • This wasn’t a strange place; it was a new one.
  • There must be a language that doesn’t depend on words… If I can learn to understand this language without words, I can learn to understand the world.
  • I am afraid that if my dream is realized, I’ll have no reason to go on living.
  • every blessing ignored becomes a curse
  • Sometimes, there’s just no way to hold back the river.
  • It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired.
  • When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it.
  • When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.
  • If I could, I’d write a huge encyclopaedia just about the words luck and coincidence. It’s with those words that the universal language is written.
  • The closer one gets to realizing his Personal Legend, the more that Personal Legend becomes his true reason for being.
  • Creatures like the sheep, that are used to travelling, know about moving on.
  • 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 it’s all written there.
  • people need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want.
  • We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.
  • 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.
  • Everyone has his or her own way of learning things.
  • If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.
  • Because people become fascinated with pictures and words, and wind up forgetting the Language of the World.
  • Don’t be impatient… Eat when it’s time to eat. And move along when it’s time to move along.
  • someone in the world awaits you… 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.
  • Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.
  • Every day was there to be lived or to mark one’s departure from this world.
  • the desert tests all men: it challenges every step, and kills those who become distracted.
  • Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.
  • One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
  • Men dream more about coming home than about leaving.
  • 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 an explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.
  • The wise men understood that this natural world is only an image and a copy of paradise. The existense of this world is simply a guarantee that there exists a world that is perfect. God created the world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of His wisdom.
  • Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes to search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.
  • It said that all people who are happy have God within them.
  • one dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.
  • Every search begins with a beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.
  • It is said that the darkest hour of the night came just before the dawn.
  • When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.
  • No one fails to suffer the consequences of everything under the sun.
  • Your eyes show the strength of your soul.
  • The sea has lived on in this shell, because that’s its Personal Legend. And it will never cease doing so until the desert is once again covered by water.
  • Usually the threat of death makes people a lot more aware of their lives.
  • The winds know everything. They blow across the world without a birthplace, and with no place to die.
  • 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.
  • when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.
  • Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.
  • 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.
  • Life really is generous to those who pursue their Personal Legend.

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