Quotes from The Alchemist

My favorite book, The Alchemist, written by my favorite writer Paulo Coelho, is a beautiful Fable about following your dreams.  I love this book with all my heart and I give it as a gift whenever possible.  The gift I am sharing with you today is my favorite quotes from this inspiring and enlightening book.

“Every search begins with beginners luck and ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” By Paulo Coelho

“The Boy didn’t know what a person’s ‘destiny’ was… It’s what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young knows what their destiny is.” page 22

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

“The boy and his heart had become friends, and neither was capable now of betraying the other.” The Alchemist

“Treasure is uncovered by the force of the flowing water, and it is buried by the same currents” page 25

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

“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.” Quotes from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“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.”

“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.” page 28

“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?” the boy asked. “Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.”

“In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left you.” page 30

“Don’t forget that everything you deal with is only one thing and nothing else. And don’t forget the language of omens. And, above all, don’t forget to follow your destiny through to its conclusion.” The Alchemist page 32

“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. “ The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life.”  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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

“Courage is the quality most essential to understanding the Language of the World. “ The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho Quotes from The Alchemist

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”  Page 11

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” The Alchemist,  page 23, by Paulo Coelho

“When you want something with all your heart, that’s when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It’s always a positive force.”  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“When you are in love, things make even more sense, he thought.”

“The soul of the world is nourished by people’s happiness. And also by unhappiness, envy, and jealousy. To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation. All things are one.”  The Alchemist p. 23 by Paulo Coelho

“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.”  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“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.”

“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.

“It was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than of anything in the world. He had been told by his parents and grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed. But maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language. Because, when you know that language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, 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.”

The Alchemist Quotes

“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.”  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” You’ve got to find the treasure, so that everything you have learned along the way can make sense. “

“All you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation. Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there.” The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“In his pursuit of the dream, he was being constantly subjected to tests of his persistence and courage. So he could not be hasty, nor impatient. If he pushed forward impulsively, he would fail to see the signs and omens left by God along his path.”  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“The alchemists spent years in their laboratories, observing the fire that purified the metals. They spent so much time close to the fire that gradually they gave up the vanities of the world. They discovered that the purification of the metals had led to a purification of themselves.”  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“I learned that the world has a soul, and that whoever understands that soul can also understand the language of things. I learned that many alchemists realized their destinies, and wound up discovering the Soul of the World, the Philosopher’s Stone, and the Elixir of Life. But above all, I learned that these things are all so simple they could be written on the surface of an emerald.” The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“The boy reached through to the Soul of the World, and saw that it was part of the Soul of God. And he saw that the Soul of God was his own soul. And that he, a boy, could perform miracles.”  The Alchemist page 160

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33 Responses to Enlightening quotes from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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  3. how to make fast money says:

    There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness.

  4. Anon says:

    I love his writings,I feel like they are my own.That is why I fell in love with his words.I guess in the language he used in the book I am an alchemist.

  5. yelatselyk says:

    i usually do not like to read, but when i read this book it really made me think. I really cannot explain why, but it did. THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!!!

  6. Raj says:

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  7. shumila says:

    i like to read such type of books like The alchmist which is very interesting book makes reader courageous & also give lesson of good life

  8. Cristi says:

    Paolo Coelho has such a talent to write with simple and small words that penetrate the soul with amazing ease.

  9. Engi says:

    Alchemist is very good book, I like it so much. I learn a lot from Paulo’s book. Currently I’m reading “The Winner Stands Alone”.. can’t hardly wait to finish it ^_^
    .-= Engi´s last blog ..Resignation Notification – A New Path Ahead =-.

  10. Nomtha says:

    Always heard about the book but never got a chance to read it till this past festive season,decided to get the book & finish it before the yr end,cause i knew there were some profound truths & principles that i can carry with me into the new yr.

    I stayed up all night reading the alchemist,when I realised i was halfway through i tried to read as slowly as possible so I dont finish,sad to say Ive finished it in less than 48 hours.

    Its such an enlightening book I havent stopped talking bout it.

    This yr i decided not to set any resolutions but like young Santiago I pledged to listen to my heart & follow my dreams!!!

  11. Mehrete Girmay says:

    “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too” by Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite lines in the Alchemist. It touches on what is true, which is that we as individuals have the choice to make our lives “better.” We can lead lives consisting of dreams fulfilled and goals accomplished. Choosing to exude positive energy can and will lead one to exist in a better place in this life.

  12. karen williams says:

    Hi Jonathan,
    Life really is miraculous and magical.
    Paulo Coelho’s book The Alchemist happened to me in real life!!!!!!!!!

    I lived in Andalusia, Spain, and had a powerful dream after visiting my favourite ruin overlooking the Mediterranean. I am not a shepherd, and when this happened I had never heard of The Alchemist.

    Fifteen years later I have written the book about my journey.
    TREASURE – A Soul Journey with The Alchemist.

    I have contacted Paulo to tell him.
    It will be out in April this year. For more information, my website will come out in April too. http://www.goinggreek.org
    Much love
    Karen xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  13. Anonymous says:

    very nice qoutes

  14. Hass says:

    the qoutes are very nice and lots of lessons can be though

  15. Shawn says:

    I discovered The Alchemist 4 years ago and have probably read it a half dozen times since then, learning something new each time. I live by the teachings of The Alchemist and since then, my life is more fulfilling and richer each day. Thank you Paulo Coehlo for your gift.

  16. Alaa Alramadan says:

    when u are loved , u can see the meaning of the heart .when u are loved , u can see the meaning of fear goes out from the door

  17. madison lambcke says:

    i have not read it all but i have heard it was really good

  18. Norfolk enchants says:

    I refer to the comment left about page 23, how do you think this applies to the people in such hopeless desperate situations , as many thousands are in Parkistan? Can this work for them too!!?

    • Shawn says:

      No matter what your situation, you still must follow your dreams. You can’t give up. I can’t say I’ve been in a dire a situation as those in Pakistan or suffered through a catastrophe like Katrina or the earthquakes seen in Haiti, but I’ve been through my own turmoil and dispair. It wasn’t until I decided to go after what I wanted and changed my outlook did I see some of my intentions come into reality. We all have that ability, if we choose to perservere and live out our destiny.

  19. assassinator says:

    the quotes reveal the future and the wisdom in alchemy

  20. Nishad jose says:

    He is a real winner , winners do not do different things but they do things differently. i like too

  21. Lianshey says:

    what a brilliant mind he has.. I am a writer, and I really love his books, really can take me to the world of dreams I have that was left buried behind the facade…

  22. Jesse Batista says:

    This is truly more than a book, this is the most valuable gift ever given to the world.

  23. Jim Warner says:

    I’d have to say that my favorite part of The Alchemist was its implicit depiction of Christian doctrine as objective truth. Toward the end of the book, the alchemist tells Santiago a story of the two brothers, one of which said something that would be forever remembered in the hearts of many. That phrase was “Lord I am not worthy to come under your roof, but only say the word and my servant shall be healed.”
    I also thought of some interesting hidden meaning behind the book’s setting at the beginning and end. It both begins and ends in the sacristy of an old church. A sacristy, where the priest prepares for the Mass, I viewed as analogous to the Eucharist (I am speaking of Catholic doctrine here). It is written in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, that the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of one’s faith. Might Coelho have been symbolizing this doctrine in his novel by initiating the plot and ending the story in a sacristy? Not to mention that the treasure, the realization of his Personal Legend, was located here also.

    • Jonathan says:

      Thanks for contributing a little insight Jim. I agree with you. I love how the book begins and ends in the same place. His personal treasure was right there at the beginning all along.



  24. tkumarr says:

    such a beautiful words of life in Alchemist..

  25. Bhumesh Chandankar says:

    This is realy extraordinary. Alchemist is suppose to be a representative of every heart, what a person think & wt r his desires and how many stones r unturned in his life.. Thanks Paulo Coehlo

  26. Ray says:

    The best book on Earth. True meaning. Took all dreaming into prespective and says follow your heart and eventually you will end up where you are the happiest. I love this book! read it in only 8th grade and knew that it spoke of great things!

  27. ... says:

    I treat this book as a second bible, it is amazing with some profond and deep philosophical stuff in it, i want to know live my life and follow my heart to discover my own Personal Legend

  28. gerrie says:

    this is a truly truly wonderful book. my favorite quote is from the part he was talking about love and explains that you do not need to have a reason to love someone he says “one is loved because one is loved”

  29. very inspirational book. paolo coelho is a great writer, he inspires his reader. & all the quotes he contributes in our heart and brain are really amazing. ^_^

  30. Anonymous says:

    My favorite book of all time .

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