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My Favourite Lines from 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho

'The Alchemist'  was one of the first books I read (that is when I realized I liked reading). I re-read it recently and here are most of my favorite  lines from the book. 


'It is the simple things in life that are most extraordinary;only the wise men are able to understand them.' 

'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.'

'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.'

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

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

'The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.'

'Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.'

'There was a language in the world that everyone understood ... 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.'

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

'It is not what enters men's mouths that is evil; its what come out of their mouth that is.'

'One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.'

'There is only one way to learn. It's through action.'

'The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.'

'Every search begins with beginner's luck. And every search ends with the victors being severely tested.'

'Don't give in to your fears. If you do, you won't be able to talk to your heart.'

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

'That's what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.'

'When we love, we always strive 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.'

'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.'

'What good is money to you if you're going to die ? Its not often that money can save someone's life.'

'Life is really generous to those who pursue their destiny.'


Please do share your favorites from the book as well. For those who have not read the book, don't these lines whet your appetite ?


Priyaa said…
Ohh! You did what exactly was on my mind!! hehe...still nice..Now if I want to share this on my blog, I would surely give this link.
Its a wonderful book and I keep on going back to it!!
Dhanya said…
Heylo Anwesa! :) Visiting your blog after a long time. Had read the alchemist long back and seeing this post of yours made me want to re-read it again.. just so that I can relish those beautiful life quotes all over again.

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