Quotes from Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist

Some great notes from one of my favorite books The Alchemist.

It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.

Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.

Worlds greatest lie… that 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 worlds greatest lie.

I’m like everyone else — I see the world in terms of what I could like to see happen, not what actually does.

Maktub – you would have had to be born Arab to understand, but in your language it would be something like “it is written.”

There was a language in the world that everyone understood, the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired.  – The Alchemist knows this language.

Making a decision was only the beginning of things. Hwen 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.

In the desert disobedience means death.

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.

All things are a manifestation of one thing only.

Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we are living right now.

Maybe God created the desert so that man could appreciate the date trees. – EMBRACE THE STRUGGLE

Because people become fascinated with pictures and words, and wind up forgetting the Language of the World.

The language that everyone on Earth was capable of understanding in their heart, it was love. God is love.

Desert’s Silence holds the answers to his questions

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

You must love the desert, but never trust it completely, Because the desert tests all men: it challenges every step, and kills those who become distracted.

When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.

It’s not what enters mens mouths that is evil, it’s what comes out of their mouths that is.

Only those who can see such signs of life are able to find treasure.

Life attracts life.

You must understand that 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.

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.

Your eyes show the strength of your soul.

I’m just a man who wanders the desert and knows the stars.

That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.

From my Sifu — Help yourself and you help the world. – Amituofu


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