The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Words to Wander – The Alchemist

Words to Wander is a collection of notable quotations from some of my favorite books.  I invite you to share your thoughts on this book in the comments section.  Enjoy

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – November 2017

Description:  Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

Some favorite passages:
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting…”

“For her, every day was the same, and 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 that he had to choose between thinking of himself as the poor victim of a thief and as an adventurer in quest of his treasure… He had decided… that he would be as much an adventurer as the ones he had admired in books.”

“I’m afraid that if my dream is realized, I’ll have no reason to go on living.”

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

“Maybe it wasn’t that they were teaching me, but that I was learning from them.”

“Because 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.”

“I’m beginning what I could have started ten years ago.  But I’m happy at least that I didn’t wait for twenty years.”

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5 comments

  1. The book has an interesting history as well. Coelho wrote it in two weeks, it was published but didn’t sell. The publisher didn’t order a second printing. Coelho then knocked on doors asking other publishers to take a chance. One did and the rest is history. 65 million copies sold in 80 different languages. Thanks for stopping by 364life.com.

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