Collected in this post are quotes from Paulo Coelho’s book “The Alchemist” including page numbers.
“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”
— Page 163
[Responding to a monk saying a payment goes well beyond his generosity] “Don’t say that again. Life might be listening, and give you less the next time.”
— Page 160
“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”
— Page 161
“I only invoked what you already knew.”
— Page 158
“[…] when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”
“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, and even men can turn themselves into the wind.”
— Page 152
“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.”
— Page 146
“[…] anyone who interferes with the Personal Legend of another thing never will discover his own.”
— Page 142
“When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.”
— Page 138
“[…] before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons.”
— Page 136
“Most people see the world as a threatening place, and because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.”
— Page 135
“[…] the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.”
— Page 134
“Treason is a blow that comes unexpectedly. If you know your heart well, it will never be able to do that.”
— Page 133
“They were seeking the treasure of their Personal Legend, without wanting actually to live out the Personal Legend.”
— Page 129
“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”
— Page 126
“It’s not what enters men’s mouth that’s evil, it’s what comes out of their mouths that is.”
— Page 119
“The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.”
— Page 106
“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.”
— Page 106
“It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the Master Work. Now, I’m beginning what I could have started ten years ago. But I’m happy at least that I didn’t wait twenty years.”
— Page 102
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.
— Page 87
“[…] people need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want.”
— Page 79
[…] intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life.
— Page 76
[…] 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 dreamed of when he first made the decision.
— Page 70
“[…] every blessing ignored becomes a curse.”
— Page 60
I’m afraid that if my dream is realized, I’ll have no reason to go on living. […] I’m afraid that it would all be a disappointment, so I prefer just to dream about it.
— Page 57
“You cannot trust a man if you don’t know his house.”
— Page 34
God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens he left for you.
— Page 31 to 32
[…] there is a force that wants you to realize your Personal Legend; it whets your appetite with a taste of success.
— Page 31
[…] at a 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’s greatest lie.
— Page 20
Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
— Page 18
I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.
— Page 2