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Paolo Coelho - The Alchemist

THE ALCHEMIST by PAOLO COELHO, 1993


It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that make’s life interesting.

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

The world’s greatest lie: that at one certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.

A PERSONAL LEGEND –It’s what you have 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 happen to them in their lives. But as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince 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 real obligation. … And when you want something, all the 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 the way it is.

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

… when each day is the same as the next, its because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives everyday that the sun rises.

Beauty is the great seducer of men.

That there was a language in the world that everyone understood… 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 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 that decision.

Intuition is really a sudden immersion of one 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 of your heart, that’s when you are closest to the soul of the world. It’s always a positive force.

[Love] It was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time… He had been told by his parents and grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before being 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, … 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.

The dunes are changed by the wind, but the desert never changes… If I am really a part of your dream, you’ll come back to me.

When you are in love, things even make more sense.

The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And if you improve on the present, what come 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.

Courage is the quality most essential to understanding the language of the World.

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.

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.

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

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.

It’s not what enters men’s mouth that’s evil. It’s what comes out of their mouths that is.

Men dream more about coming home than about leaving.

There is only one way to learn. It’s through action.

All you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see all the marvels of creation.

Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it comes from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there.

“Why should I listen to my heart?” “Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you, it will always be there inside you, repeating to you what you’re thinking about life and about the world. ” “You mean I should listen even if it’s treasonous.” “Treason is a blow that comes unexpectedly. If you know your heart well, it will never be able to do that to you. Because you’ll know its’ dreams annd wishes, and will know how to deal with them. 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.”

The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.

Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being surely tested.

When you posses great treasures within you, and you try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.

Your eyes show the strength of your soul.

….When something evolves, everything about that thing evolves as well.

Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you want to 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, 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 when the power of love comes in. Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.

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.

No project is completed until its objective has been achieved.
kaigachi is a conjugation of the Japanese term "kigaicha" or crazy. It roughly translates as "crazy about something."

"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious." - C.Jung

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