The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

  • How much I’d Recommend: 9/10
  • Date finished: 11/30/21
  • The Alchemist, recommend borrowing from your local library or buy a used copy

The owner of my local pottery studio recommended this book to me in November 2021. I picked it up from the library and it’s a very easy read.  It’s a simple story about a young shepherd’s journey to find his personal legend. It’s philosophical at times.

🚀 Three sentences to summarize the book:

  1. This book is a story of a young shepherd finding his “Personal Legend”
  2. It’s metaphorical in many ways about what you believe as your dream, and pursuing it.
  3. Legend has it, this book finds its way to you when you are ready.

☘️ How did this book change the way I think/work/learn:

It’s a lovely story, one that I couldn’t put down. And the magic about this book is the philosophical elements of it. It’s something that if you believe in then it’s true, if you don’t then it won’t come true. It’s very much a “manifest your own destiny” kind of story. I love that it’s easy to read, and the plot goes by pretty fast. There are also some funny parts in it where I chuckled to myself.

It is a life-changing epiphany about commitment unequivocally and irreversably to your dreams.

📒 Favorite Quotes:

  • The 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.
  • 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.
  • When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
  • People are capable, at any time in their lives, or doing what they dream of.
  • There was a language in the world that everyone understood, a language the boy had used throughout the time that he was trying to improve things at the shop. 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 with all your heart, that’s when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It’s always a positive force.
  • Life attracts life.
  • All you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation.
  • Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.
  • 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.
  • Fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. No heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with god and with eternity.
  • Every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.

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