There are certain books that seem to cross your path at the perfect moment, giving you seemingly-divine answers to the questions you’ve been painstakingly struggling over.
Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is one of those books for me.
This book helped pick me up out of a dark place and see the world in a new light. I re-read it at least once a year, and every time I discover something new about myself.
These are 23 of my favorite Coelho quotes. I sincerely hope that some speak to you just as they did to me.
The secret to life.
“The secret to life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
The world’s greatest lie.
“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 power of belief.
“When you want to something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Live in the present.
“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 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.”
The language of the world that everyone understands.
“The language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired.”
Why you shouldn’t fear the unknown.
“People not need 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.”
The nature of the world.
“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.”
“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.”
What happens when our loved ones die.
“Those who don’t return become a part of the clouds, a part of the animals that hide in the ravines and of the water that comes from the earth. They become a part of everything…they become the Soul of the World.”
Why we can’t see the future.
“The future belongs to God, and it is only he who reveals it, under extraordinary circumstances.”
Find your life’s purpose.
“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
The only way to learn.
“There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”
“Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World.”
What makes life interesting.
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
The thing that kills your dreams.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
In simplicity there’s beauty.
“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
Why we shouldn’t judge others.
“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. 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.”
3 things we can all learn from children.
“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”
The importance of putting yourself out there.
“You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.”
Everything happens for a reason.
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.”
“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”