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The Alchemist  is a novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho which was first published in 1988. Originally written in Portuguese, it has been translated into at least 69 languages as of December 2016.  An allegorical novel, The Alchemist follows a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey to Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding treasure there.

The book is an international bestseller. According to AFP, it has sold more than 150 million copies in 70 different languages, becoming one of the best-selling books in history and setting the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author.
Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

We have collected a list of inspirational quotes from The Alchemist to help you understand it better.

List of inspirational quotes from The Alchemist

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“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that 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.”

“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.”
“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”
“This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you.”

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”

“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”
“I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.”
“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”
“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”

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“Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.”

“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”

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

“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.”

“And, when you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.”

“It is said that all people who are happy have God within them.”

“It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”

“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him.”

“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.”


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“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.”

“But if you believe yourself worthy of the thing you fought so hard to get, then you become an instrument of God, you help the Soul of the World, and you understand why you are here.”

“Sometimes there’s just no way to hold back the river.”

“Because true love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny”

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

“I have inside me the winds, the deserts, the oceans, the stars, and everything created in the universe. We were all made by the same hand, and we have the same soul.”

“You must always know what it is that you want.”

“Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.”
“The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.”
“Dreams are the language of God.”

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“God has a prepared path for us to follow. We just have to read the omens he has left for us.”

“Everything in life has its price.”

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

“Learn to recognize omens, and follow them”

“Believe that if Allah wants you to know something, someone will tell you.”
“I’m afraid that if my dream is realized, I’ll have no reason to go on living.”

“We are afraid of losing what we have.”

“Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” The boy remembered an old proverb from his country. It said that the darkest hour of the night came just before the dawn.”

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

“There must be a language that doesn’t depend on words.”

“Usually the threat of death makes people a lot more aware of their lives.”

“Possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting”

“It’s true; life really is generous to those who pursue their destiny”
“We have to be prepared for change.”
“I must have no fear of failure. It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the Master Work.”

“Nobody is worth your tears, and the one who is won’t make you cry”

“If you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.”

“Everyone has his or her own way of learning things. His way isn’t the same as mine, nor mine as his. But we’re both in search of our destinies, and I respect him for that.”

“But he was able to understand one thing: making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that wil carry him into places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”

“Not everyone can see his dreams come true in the same way.”

“Maybe God created the desert so that man could appreciate the date trees”
“Life doesn´t come with any guarantees. You have to risk it to get the biscuit.”
“It’s not what enters men’s mouths that’s evil. It’s what comes out of their mouths that is.”
“He never realized that people are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dreamed of.”
“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.”
“The closer one gets to realizing his destiny, the more that destiny becomes his true reason for being.”

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