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The Alchemist picked up a book that someone in the caravan had brought. Leafing through the pages, he found a story about Narcissus.
The alchemist knew the legend of Narcissus, a youth who knelt daily beside a lake to contemplate his own beauty. He was so fascinated by himself that, one morning, he fell into the lake and drowned. At the spot where he fell, a flower was born, which was called the narcissus.
But this was not how the author of the book ended the story.
He said that when Narcissus died, the goddesses of the forest appeared and found the lake, which had been fresh water, transformed into a lake of salty tears.
The Alchemist
Opening lines, Prologue.
It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
The Alchemist
Santiago thinking.
Dreams are the language of God.
The Alchemist
Old woman to Santiago.
It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.
The Alchemist
Old woman to Santiago.
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.
The Alchemist
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.
The Alchemist
Old man claiming to be King of Salem, to Santiago.
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. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their destiny... It's a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your destiny. It prepares your spirit and you will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth."
The Alchemist
Old king to Santiago.
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 real obligation.
The Alchemist
Old king to Santiago.
All things are one.
The Alchemist
Old king to Santiago.
When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
The Alchemist
Old king to Santiago.
People learn early in their lives what is their reason for being. Maybe that's why they give up on it so early, too.
The Alchemist
Old king to Santiago.
If you start out by promising what you don't even have yet, you'll lose your desire to work toward getting it.
The Alchemist
Old king to Santiago.
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.
The Alchemist
There was nothing to hold him back except himself.
The Alchemist
Santiago thinking.
God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you.
The Alchemist
Old king to Santiago.
If God leads the sheep so well, he will also lead a man, he thought, and that made him feel better. The tea seemed less bitter.
The Alchemist
Santiago.
It's called the principle of favourability, beginner's luck. Because life wants you to achieve your destiny.
The Alchemist
Santiago recalls words of the old king.
I'm afraid that if my dream is realized, I'll have no reason to go on living.
The Alchemist
Crystal merchant to Santiago.
I don't want to change anything, because I don't know how to deal with change. I'm used to the way I am.
The Alchemist
Crystal merchant to Santiago.
Every blessing ignored becomes a curse. I don't want anything else in life. But you are forcing me to look at wealth and at horizons that I have never known. Now that I have seen them, and now that I see how immense my possibilities are, 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.
The Alchemist
Crystal merchant to Santiago.
Never stop dreaming. Follow the omens.
The Alchemist
Santiago recalls what old king had said.
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
The boy was beginning to understand that intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it's all written there.
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
Englishman to Santiago.
Everything on earth is being continuously transformed, because the earth is alive ... and it has a soul. We are part of that soul, so we rarely recognize that it is working for us.
The Alchemist
Englishman to Santiago.
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
Englishman to Santiago.
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
Santiago to the Englishman.
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 right now.
The Alchemist
Camel driver to Santiago.
Maybe God created the desert so that man could appreciate the date trees, he thought.
The Alchemist
The alchemist.
Because people become fascinated with pictures and words, and wind up forgetting the Language of the World.
The Alchemist
The alchemist.
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
Santiago.
At that moment, it seemed to him that time stood still, and the Soul of the World surged within him. When he looked into her dark eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke - the language that everyone on earth is capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older then humanity, more ancient then the desert. Something that exerted the same force whenever two pairs of eyes met, as had theirs here at the well.
The Alchemist
Santiago meets Fatima.
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The Alchemist: An allegorical novel about following your dream by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. First published 1988, it follows shepherd boy Santiago on a journey to fulfill his destiny. Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro on August 24, 1947.


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