The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a timeless narrative of adventure and bravery, which follows young shepherd boy Santiago on his quest to retrieve his fortune in the Egyptian pyramids. Santiago meets a variety of personalities along the road that help him comprehend his personal legend and fulfill his destiny. The Alchemist, which was first published in 1988, is the best book ever written on wisdom.
Santiago learns about the concept of Maktub, which means “it is written” while on his voyage. Maktub personifies the notion that some things are meant to be, a concept that runs through Santiago’s experiences and relationships throughout the novel.
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Highlights from the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.
Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.
There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned. through your journey.
Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him.
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.
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.
There’s no such thing as coincidence.
The closer one gets to realizing his destiny, the more that destiny becomes his true reason for being
Don’t forget that everything you deal with is only one thing and nothing else.
It’s only those who are persistent, and willing to study things deeply, who achieve the Master’s Work.
The secret of life, though is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve, the fear of failure.
There is only one way to learn. It’s through action, Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.
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.
Sometimes it’s better to be with the sheep, who don’t say anything. And better still to be alone with one’s books.
The fear of suffering is worst than the suffering itself.
Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.
The possibility of having a dream come true is what makes life interesting.
It’s not what enters men’s mouths that’s evil. It’s what comes out of their mouths that is.
If I can learn to understand this language without words, I can learn to understand the language of the world.
There was nothing to hold him back except himself.
When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.
Every search begins with beginner’s luck, and every search ends by the victor’s being severely tested.
There must be a language that doesn’t depend on words.
The closer one gets to realizing his destiny, the more that destiny becomes his true reason for being.
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.
Everyone has his or her own way of learning things.
Take away from the book
- Never give up before trying.
- Simple is better.
- Everyone has something that others don’t have, so one must keep trying.
- Consistency is the recipe for success.
- Keep trying new things and at some point, you will find your calling.