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The Alchemist

Posted by cherubim cassandra paula javier on July 29, 2010 at 4:11 AM

Quotes from Paulo Coelho's "the Alchemist":


• “It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them.”


• ‘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.”


• “It’s something you’ve always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their personal legend is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their personal legend. It’s a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your personal legend. It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: 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.”


• “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 obligation. All things are one. And, when you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”


• “People learn, early in their lives, what is their reason for being. Maybe that’s why they give up on it so early, too. But that’s what life is.”


• “If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it.”


• “God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you.”


• “Don’t forget that everything you deal with is only one thing and nothing else. And don’t forget the language of omens. And, above all, don’t forget to follow your personal legend through to its conclusion.”


• “The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.”


• “If I can learn to understand this language without words, I can learn to understand the world.”


• “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 places he had never dreamed of when he made the decision.”


• “Everything in life is an omen”


• “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 are all written by the same hand.”


• “Everyone has his or her own way of learning things.”








• ‘If you concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and that tribesmen fight because they are fight of the human race. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival; because life is the moment we’re living right now.”

• “People become so fascinated with pictures and words, and wind up forgetting the language of the world.”

• “Eat when it’s time to eat. And move along when it’s time to move along.”

• “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.”

• “The future belongs to God, and it is only he who reveals it, under extraordinary circumstances. 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.”

• “Everyday was there to be lived or to mark one’s departure from this world. Everything depended on one word: ‘Maktub’.”

• “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

• “Don’t think about what you’ve left behind. Everything is written in the soul of the world, and there it will stay forever.”

• “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. We, their hearts, become fearful just thinking of loved ones who go away forever, or of moments that could’ve been good but weren’t, or of treasures that might have been found but were forever hidden in the sands. Because, when those things happen, we suffer terribly.


• “Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him.”

• “Usually, the threat of death makes people a lot more aware of their lives.”

• “Everyone, no matter what they do, plays a central role in the history of this universe and normally, he doesn’t seem to know it.”

• “It’s not what enters people’s mouths that are evil, it’s what comes out of their mouths that is.”

• “Where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.”

• “Life really is generous to those who pursue their personal legend.”

• “Don’t give in to your fears, if you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”


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