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15 Inspiring Quotes From The Alchemist #septemberchallenge

I must confess that when I first read Paulo Coehlo’s book, The Alchemist,  I was not ready for its message. When I read it again, a few years later, it made complete sense to me. I now have a well-worn copy with some lines pencil marked (no, I never use a highlighter or a pen in a book – more about that in another post!). I decided to share these with you today.

 

15 Inspiring Quotes From The Alchemist

“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him.”

“Learn to recognize the omens, and follow them.”

“If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life is the moment we are living now.”

“It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”

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

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

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“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”

“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.”

“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.”

“You will never be able to escape your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”

“Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life.”

“Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because the desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.”

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

Have you read The Alchemist? Do you have a line from it you treasure?

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35 Comments

  1. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg September 11, 2015

    Have read The Alchemist many years ago. Such wise and profound words. I truly believe in “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”… 🙂

  2. Mukulika Basu Mukulika Basu September 11, 2015

    Back during my days as a student of English Literature I was told that this novel is an allegory. It took me a couple of readings to understand the true essence of Santiago’s search for the treasure. It is one of those rare books I could read multiple times. Thank you for sharing all the wonderful lines 🙂

  3. Gilly Maddison Gilly Maddison September 11, 2015

    This sounds like a wonderful book. I have somehow missed it but maybe now is the right time for me to read it! Thank you for sharing these inspirational quotes – they are beautiful.

  4. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan September 11, 2015

    I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s on my list!

  5. Rena McDaniel Rena McDaniel September 11, 2015

    Great post as usual Corinne. I haven’t read it yet, but will definitely put it on my “must read” list. It sounds about right for my life right now.

  6. Mary Hill Mary Hill September 10, 2015

    Hi thanks for this post. I will have to read this book now. The quote I love the best is “when you can’t go back, you only have to worry about moving forward. It is very true for my life today. I had a family issue this week that rocked me a little bit. I am praying about how to deal with it and how to move forward.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 14, 2015

      Sorry to hear about the situation, Mary. I pray for peace for you and your family.

  7. Kathy Kathy September 10, 2015

    WOW, all those quotes are really good ones! I am loving this September challenge Corinne and happy to be back in the thick of things! ♥

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 10, 2015

      So happy to see you back, Kathy. Thanks for being a part of the September challenge.

  8. Shalini Shalini September 10, 2015

    Exactly! I tried reading the book about seven years back and honestly, I didn’t understand a world. But about six months back and Voila! It opened a new world to me! I love every quote that you have put here. Esp. the graphic! Thanks for sharing them.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 10, 2015

      That’s why I believe in revisiting books, Shalini. Glad you liked the graphic. I’m pretty partial to it too! 😉

  9. Sanch Sanch September 10, 2015

    I read the Alchemist when I was about 18 or so and didn’t really like it. I think I should try and read it again as I’m in a completely different stage in life and more open and trying to be less cynical.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 10, 2015

      Yes, it might work for you this time around, Sanch.

  10. Alana Alana September 10, 2015

    I haven’t read the book. I don’t tend to walk away from books with inspiring quotes – I more end up immersed in the book (or not) and walking away with certain feelings. “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguru was one such book. It stayed with me for months!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 10, 2015

      Oh no, this is not a book of quotes, Alana. It’s an allegory. I picked up these lines from the book.

  11. Leanne Leanne September 10, 2015

    great quotes Corinne – I’ve never read the Alchemist. One of the quotes about heart and treasure made me think of the bible and when I looked it up (Matt 6:21) it is the same but in reverse – “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be” an interesting thought either way 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 10, 2015

      Yes, Leanne. It’s pretty much the same message, isn’t it?

  12. LuAnn Braley LuAnn Braley September 10, 2015

    Inspiring quotes, great graphic too! Did you make that? Putting this on my TBR.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 10, 2015

      It’s an allegory that you might enjoy, LuAnn.
      Yes, I made the graphic courtesy, PicMonkey. 🙂

  13. Mahathi Ramya Mahathi Ramya September 10, 2015

    Even i didnt realize that there are wonderful messages in this book when i first read.. i think, i have to read the book again now.
    This quote is inspiring and keeps me positive 🙂
    “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 10, 2015

      Hope it makes more sense to you the second time around, Mahathi. That’s one of my favourite quotes too.

  14. Astrid Astrid September 10, 2015

    I’ve never read The Alchemist eihter. These quotes are great though.

  15. taraanneschiller taraanneschiller September 10, 2015

    Ah… Paolo Coehlo.

      • taraanneschiller taraanneschiller September 10, 2015

        I was just reminiscing about how much I like Paulo Coelho. I guess that tone wasn’t obviois.

        • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 10, 2015

          Ah thanks for clarifying, Tara. I know some people can’t stand his work – and so I was curious! 🙂

          • taraanneschiller taraanneschiller September 10, 2015

            I love him. My favorite work of his is his 20 year anniversary introduction to The Alchemist, followed closely by The Zahir and Witch of Portebelo.

  16. vidzworld vidzworld September 10, 2015

    Oh, I can’t stand pen/highlighter marks on a book either. A pencil is my writing implement of choice – followed by a fountain pen for writing letters.

    This one is my favorite quote “If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life is the moment we are living now.”

    Inspiring post, Corinne! Thank you!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 10, 2015

      Oh yes, Vidya. I’ll keep my thoughts about that for a post.
      Thanks for sharing your favourite one!

  17. nabanita nabanita September 10, 2015

    I have not read The Alchemist Corinne…I had tried once but couldn’t complete it…Maybe I’ll give it a try again and maybe like you I’ll be ready for it this time…

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful selection of quotes 🙂

    These are my favorites:

    “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

    “You will never be able to escape your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 10, 2015

      Remember that quote, ‘When the student is ready, the Master arrives’ or words to that effect….might apply in this case. Sometimes, a book just may not work for someone and that’s fine too, no?

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