Quotes from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

15 – It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them.

16 – When someone sees the same people every day,… they wind up becoming part of that person’s life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.

18 – “What’s the world’s greatest lie?” the boy asked, completely surprised.
“It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.

23 – To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only real obligation. All things are one.

31 – 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.

42 – I’m like everyone else—I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not what actually does.

42 – When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

46 – …If I can learn to understand this language without words, I can learn to understand the world.

64 – It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomlished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired.

84 – You have a mania for simplifying everything.

85 – They discovered that the purification of the metals had led to a purification of themselves.

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

91 – Because people become fascinated with pictures and words, and wind up forgetting the Language of the World.

101 – It’s not a battle of good against evil. It’s a war between forces that are fighting for the balance of power, and, when that type of battle begins, it lasts longer than others—because Allah is on both sides.

117 – Courage is the quality most essential to understanding the Language of the World.

132 – There is only one way to learn… It’s through action.

139 – Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.

141 – To show you one of life’s simple lessons… When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.

157 – You are wise, because you observe everything from a distance… But you don’t know about love.

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