Book: "The Alchemist"
By Paulo Coelho
Intriguing and inspirational. It shares a story of a shepherd boy who follows his personal legend. His story is a metaphor, a metaphor for why the author took so long to fulfill his own dream.
It is a book about pursuing and achieving your dreams. A great read for anyone at any age.
Here are the notable quotes I came upon whilst reading this book:
"The story of one person is the story of every one, and one man's quest is the quest of all of humanity."
"When The Alchemist was first published twenty-five years ago in my native Brazil, no one noticed."
"Shepherds, like seamen and like traveling salesmen, always found a town where there was someone who could make them forget the joys of carefree wandering."
"It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting."
"Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own."
"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."
"People say strange things, the boy thought. Sometimes it's better to be with sheep, who don't say anything. And better still to be alone with one's books. They tell incredible stories at the time when you want to hear them. But when you're talking to people, they say some things that are so strange that you don't know how to continue the conversation."
"People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of."
"But bakers are more important people than shepherds. Bakers have homes, while shepherds sleep out in the open. Parents would rather see their children marry bakers than shepherds." ... "In the long run, what people think about shepherds and bakers becomes more important for them than their own Personal Legends."
"If you start out by promising what you don't even have yet, you'll lose your desire to work toward getting it."
"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."
"He realized: If I can learn to understand this language without words, I can learn to understand the world."
"I have been told that beauty is the greatest seducer of men."
"Today, I understand something I didn't see before: every blessing ignored becomes a curse."
"Sometimes, there's just no way to hold back the river."
"Tangier was no longer a strange city, and he felt that, just as he had conquered this place, he could conquer the world."
"He had worked for an entire year to make a dream come true, and that dream, minute by minute, was becoming less important. Maybe beccause that wasn't really his dream."
"Making a decision was only the beggining of things. When 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."
"People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want."
"People become fascinated with pictures and words, and wind up forgetting the Language of the World."
"Now, I'm beginning what I could have started ten years ago. But I'm happy at least that I didn't wait twenty years."
""If good things are coming, they will be a pleasant surprise," said the seer. "If bad things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur.""
"If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you can improve on the present, what comes later will also be better."
"Courage is the quality most essential to understanding the Language of the World."
"One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving."
"Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place."
"When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed."
""You dominated those horsemen with the way you looked at them," he said. "Your eyes show the strength of your soul," answered the alchemist.""
"When we love, we always stive to become better than we are."
"Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time."