Inspirational quotes from The Alchemist

It isn’t very often that you find a book you love so much you buy a copy for your friends before you’ve even finished it. You’re not buying an extra copy because you’re Little Miss Moneybags or flashy like that, it’s because you don’t want to share the copy you have and risk never seeing it again.

This book, of course, is The alchemist. I’m not going to tell you what the book is about because the storyline doesn’t do it justice. I’m simply going to select a few quotes from the book that I love. I hope you love them too and they make you stop for a few moments and think about them:

“Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny 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 times passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realise their destiny.”

 

“What’s the world’s greatest lie?” the boy asked.

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

“Naturally (your heart) is afraid that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you’ve won.”

“Well, then, 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 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 it’s dreams and wishes, and you will know how to deal with them.”

“You will never escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say. That way, you’ll never fear an unanticipated blow.”

 

 

“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him. We, people’s hearts, seldom say much about those treasures, because people no longer want to go in search of them. We speak of them only to children. Later, we simply let life proceed, in its own direction, towards its own fate. But, unfortunately, very few people follow the path laid out for them – the path to their destinies, and to happiness. Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.

“So, we, their hearts, speak more and more softly. We never stop speaking, but we begin to hope that our words won’t be heard: we don’t want people to suffer because they don’t follow their hearts.”

“Why don’t people’s hearts tell them to continue to follow their dreams?” the boy asked the alchemist.

“Because that’s what makes a heart suffer the most, and hearts don’t like to suffer.”

From then on, the boy understood his heart. He asked it, please, never stop speaking to him. He asked that, when he wandered far from his dreams, his heart would press him and sound the alarm. The boy swore that, every time he heard the alarm, he would heed its message.

 

 

How not to live your life

“I’m going to become bitter and distrustful of people because one person betrayed me. I’m going to hate those who have found their treasure because I never found mine. And I’m going to hold on to what little I have, because I’m too insignificant to conquer the world.”

 

The boy knew that in money there was magic; whoever has money is never really alone.

 

If you’ve never read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s not a self-help book or anything like that, it’s just the kind of book that will make you stop and think about your life and the decisions you’re making. If you’re anything like me, a bit of a traveller and a bit of a dreamer, you will love this book!

 

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41 Comments

  1. May 28, 2012 / 1:23 pm

    Oh my god I want this book – it sounds so inspiring x

    • June 6, 2012 / 2:59 pm

      It really is Jen, you will love it and have to read it!! Only problem is that it makes you think about EVERYTHING and realise that travelling is so bloody amazing!

  2. Ami
    May 28, 2012 / 6:08 pm

    Sounds inspiring…got it downloaded on my kindle already!

  3. May 29, 2012 / 7:32 am

    I love books that make you think. Especially when it’s unexpected. I’m adding it to my library list!

    • June 6, 2012 / 3:00 pm

      Same here. I always knew it was going to be a good one but I didn’t think it would be this good so it was a lovely surprise!

  4. May 29, 2012 / 2:06 pm

    It’s my FAVORITE book!!! Read it in Spanish (to me, even better than ENG version) and always go back to it when I need strength to keep fighting for my dreams. I believe it should be a must-read in schools!

    -Maria Alexandra

    • May 31, 2012 / 9:57 am

      I couldn’t agree more, it definitely should be on the school curriculum. Maybe I’ll suggest it to my teacher friend. Although, if it has the same effect on the kids as it did on me, they’ll all be dropping out of school to go travelling!

      • June 6, 2012 / 4:04 pm

        “Although, if it has the same effect on the kids as it did on me, they’ll all be dropping out of school to go travelling!”

        That made me LOL XD hahaha, good point! 😛 Although many would not, too — you would be surprised. Not everyone has a burning desire in their heart to travel. If anything, it would teach kids to follow their instincts and BIG dreams — the type of future citizens society desperately needs!

        • June 7, 2012 / 10:20 am

          So true! I’m always really surprised when people don’t want to travel but you’re right. Travel is my number 1 dream so I read the whole book thinking it was encouraging me to travel so it would be really interesting to see what other people would think it was encouraging them to do!

          • December 29, 2012 / 3:11 am

            Believe it or not, this is the book inspired my friend to get his first passport in life and started his traveling journey. He quit his high pay IT job, and live with his dream being a barista now. He is living in present without thinking the past and future. I admire his courage.

  5. June 1, 2012 / 7:48 am

    I remember a friend talking about The Alchemist years ago. I should check it out!

    • June 6, 2012 / 3:02 pm

      You definitely should. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!

  6. June 1, 2012 / 1:55 pm

    Sold! Sounds exactly like the kind of read I need on my Kindle for travels! Thanks for sharing – I love quotes and love inspiration 🙂

    • June 6, 2012 / 3:04 pm

      Definitely a Kindle must-have. It’ll be the kind of thing you’ll read again and again while you’re on the road.

  7. June 1, 2012 / 1:59 pm

    The number of times I’ve read this book is only equal to the number of times I’ve given it as a gift. It is beyond lovely. So simple and so profound.

    • June 6, 2012 / 3:04 pm

      I only finished it a couple of weeks ago and I want to read it again already. And you know it’s a good one when you give it as a gift more than once!

  8. June 1, 2012 / 2:15 pm

    I just read it last week, I was surprised by short it is, but it was good, there is a lot of quote worthy material there for sure!

  9. June 6, 2012 / 3:10 pm

    From the reviews I read I thought it would be a long and wordy book too and was pretty surprised that it was short and simple. But I guess it’s the simplicity that makes it so striking.

  10. June 9, 2012 / 7:59 am

    The next time I’m in a book shop I’m going to buy this, it sounds right up my street!! I love books that inspire you and make you think. I’m a bit of a dreamer too and I tend to think way too much about things! 🙂

    • June 12, 2012 / 2:32 pm

      You will absolutely love it Beverley. It’s just a short one so really easy to read so it makes a good one for while you’re on the road!

  11. July 2, 2012 / 12:10 pm

    I remember you commenting when I said I’d finished it. It’s a good read and plenty of stand-out quotes. I think you’ve covered all the best of them here!

    • July 9, 2012 / 10:21 pm

      There are so many quotes though, it was tough just picking out a few. A feel there is a second post to be had from all the rest!

  12. August 7, 2012 / 6:51 pm

    A great set of inspiring quotes…thanks for making the afternoon at work a little easier:)

  13. August 12, 2012 / 3:42 pm

    I’ve never read it, but when I have a quiet moment I hope to find a copy and give it a go 🙂

  14. August 28, 2012 / 9:23 pm

    We had to read this back in high school and I remember enjoying it but probably didn’t really appreciate the deeper meanings. I think it’s time to revisit it… perhaps I’ll just steal a copy from one of the thousands of backpackers who seem to have it with them! 🙂

    • September 3, 2012 / 8:54 pm

      That’s brilliant that you read it in school. We always read really boring books in school. you should definitely give it another go, I’m sure you’ll see it differently these days!

  15. October 3, 2012 / 6:11 pm

    This is definitely next on my Kindle shopping list! I might even suggest it as the next book for my book club 🙂

  16. October 3, 2012 / 8:33 pm

    They are soul lifting. Bravo

  17. October 8, 2012 / 10:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I’m going to reserve a copy at my local library and take it with me on our next long plane ride.

    • October 18, 2012 / 9:52 pm

      It’s definitely a good read for a long plane journey. It’s also not very long so you can get through it quite quickly – maybe even the length of your journey.

  18. October 10, 2012 / 6:31 am

    I love that book too. You can read it several times and each time there’s something more to give. Travel, life and spiritual harmony in one.

    • October 18, 2012 / 9:51 pm

      I’ve only read it the once but I’m already thinking about picking it up again and I only finished it a few months ago.

  19. January 11, 2013 / 1:29 am

    Oh I’ve been looking for a few new reads! I’ve never liked fictional and always go for books that make you think differently and help you be a better person. This one sounds like worth the read 🙂

    • January 12, 2013 / 6:46 pm

      Let me know if you decide to read it and how you get on Cristina. I hope you like it!

  20. February 24, 2013 / 10:06 am

    Although it is not my favourite book I do love this book and guess what? I gave it to a friend to read it and have never seen it again… In desperate need of a new copy =)

    For me ‘The Hobbit’ gave me the urge to travel but ‘The Alchemist’ surely inspired me to travel not as a tourist but as a traveller =)

    • March 1, 2013 / 4:06 pm

      I’ve never read The Hobbit but it’s been on my bookshelf for a while so I might give it a go. I’d never thought about it as the kind of book to inspire a bit of wanderlust so thanks for the suggestion!

  21. Nitika
    March 15, 2013 / 6:20 pm

    it is the best read, an amazing book..i just keep reading its quotes again n again..n u r absolutely ryt..everyone should own this book..

  22. March 20, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    Beautiful Quotes of Dr. Iqbal Sahab, An extensive collection of Urdu English Poetry, Shayari and Quotes by Famous Poet and Philosopher Dr. Iqbal Sahab.

  23. July 27, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    Hi, I would like to ask your permission, I copied one of your photo attached it in my book review. I love how you put on this kind of stuffs that’s why I also made a review 🙂

    • July 27, 2015 / 6:42 pm

      Hi Janine, provided the image is properly credited with a link back to the blog then that’s fine.

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