Book Review: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Finished it in 4 hours.

My favorite quotes from this book:

“What’s the greatest lie?” the boy asked, completely surprised.
“It’s this: 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 world’s greatest lie.”

People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want.

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.

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, creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.

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 comes later will also be better.

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

“It’s not what enters men’s mouth that’s evil”, said the alchemist, “it’s what comes out of their mouth that is.”

Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.

Before a dream is realized, the soul of the world tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream.

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.

Show me where there is life out in the desert. Only those who can see such signs of life are able to find treasure.

The book is an easy read. It is probably Paulo’s most influential books to date. The most beautifully made and will always be a classic.

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