Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

"If good things are coming, they will be a pleasant surprise. If bad things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur."

"He had to choose between something he had become accustomed to and something he wanted to have."

"Everyday 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 everyday as the sun rises."

"It's called the principle of favorability. When you play cards the first time, you are almost sure to win. Beginner's luck."

"...there is a force that wants you to realize your Personal Legend; it whets your appetite with a taste of success."

"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 Personal Legends to its conclusion."

"It could be the other way around."

"I learn more from my sheep than from my books."

"[When you're in love], you desire to live in one place forever."

"They trust me, and they've forgotten how to rely on their own instincts."

"It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary."

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

"At 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 greates lie."

"People learn early in their lives, what is their reason for being."

"Treasure is uncovered by the force of flowing water, it is buried by the same currents."

"Everything in life has its price."

"Sometimes its better to leave things as they are."

"You cannot trust a man if you don't know his house."

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

"If God leads the sheep so well, he will also lead a man."

"You shouldn't offer something you didn't even have yet."

"When you really want something, the universe always conspires in your favor."

"And I'm going to hold on to what little I have, because I'm too insignificant to conquer the world."

"I'm like everyone else--I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not what actually does."

"There were certain things one shouldn't ask about, so as not to flee from one's own Personal Legend."

"This wasn't a strange place, it was a new one."

"There must be a language that doen't depend on words."

"He was learning a lot of new things. Some of them were things that he had already experienced, and were'nt really new, but that he had never perceived before. And he hadn't perceived them because he had become accustomed to them."

"All things are one." (Mysterious chain that links one to the other)

"We have to live with our mistakes."

"I'm afraid that if my dream is realized, I'll have no reason to go on living."

"You must always know what is it that you want."

"Beauty is the great seducer of men."

"Every blessing ignored becomes a curse."

"I'm going to feel worse than I did before you arrived. Because I know the things I should be able to accomplish, and I don't want to do so."

"And maybe it wasn't that they (the sheeps) were teaching me, but that I was learning from them."

'There's just no way to hold back the river."

"Making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dramed of when he first made the decision."

"Everything in life is an omen."

"The closer one gets to realizing his Personal Legend, the more that Personal Legend becomes his true reason for being."

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

"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."

"Language without words...the universal language."

"And when you can't go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward."

"We make a lot of detours, but we're always heading for the same destination."

"All things are the manifestation of one thing only."

"Because I don't live in either my past or my future. I'm interested only in the present. If you can concentrate only in the present, you'll be a happy man."

"Life is the moment we're living right now."

"The closer he got to the realization of his dream, the more difficult things became."

"The language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love."

"When two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant."

"Fatima was more important than his treasure."

"If I am really part of your dream, you'll come back one day...the meaning of love without ownership."

"...to see if its silence held the answers to his questions."

"When you are in love, things make even more sense."

"The future belongs to God and it is only He who reveals it under extraordinary circumstances."

"Each day in itself brings with it an eternity."

"Only when He, himself, reveals it. And God only rarely reveals the future. When he does so, it is for only one reason: it's a future that was written so as to be altered."

"Because my eyes are not accustomed to the desert, I can see things that eyes habituated to the desert might not see."

"I can only tell what I saw. If you don't want to before me, you don't have to do anything about it."

"To die tomorrow was no worse than dying on any other day. Every day was there to be lived or to mark one's departure from this world."

"Life attracts life."

"She already has her treasure: it's you."

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

"Don't think about what you've left behind."

"Men dream about coming home than about leaving."

"If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return."

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

"They were seeking the treasure of their Personal Legend without wanting actually to live out the Personal Legend."

"Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there."

"Because wherever your heart is, that is where you'll find your treasure."

Boy: "My heart is a traitor. It doesn't want me to go on"
Alchemist: "That makes sense. Naturally, it's afraid that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you've won."

Boy: "Why should I listen to my heart?"
Alchemist: "Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you, it will always be there inside you, repeating to you what you're thinking about life and about the world."

"Treason is a blow that comes unexpectedly. If you know your heat well, it will never be able to do that to you. Because you'll know its dreams and wishes, and will know how to deal with them."

Boy: "My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer."
Alchemist: "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 eternity."

"All people that are happy have God within them."

"Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him."

"When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed."

"It means only that the heart does what it can."

"Your eyes show the strength of your soul."

"Anyone who interferes with the Personal Legend of another thing never will discover his own."

"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."

"Usually the threat of death makes people a lot more aware of their lives."

"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 strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too."

"Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World."

"Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are."

"I only invoked what you already knew."

"Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time."

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