The Alchemist

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

My Highlights

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

Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.

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

When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it.

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.

We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.

It’s only those who are persistent, and willing to study things deeply, who achieve the Master Work.

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.

Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.

“Every second of the search is an encounter with God,” the boy told his heart. “When I have been truly searching for my treasure, every day has been luminous, because I’ve known that every hour was a part of the dream that I would find it. When I have been truly searching for my treasure, I’ve discovered things along the way that I never would have seen had I not had the courage to try things that seemed impossible for a shepherd to achieve.”

The boy remembered an old proverb from his country. It said that the darkest hour of the night came just before the dawn.

If a person is living out his Personal Legend, he knows everything he needs to know. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.

It’s true; life really is generous to those who pursue their Personal Legend, the boy thought.

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