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12 Stand Out Quotes From Paulo Coelho’s Amazing Book “The Alchemist”

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If I was to choose one fable to recommend to you, one that has truly impacted my life dramatically, I’d say that it would be “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. This book was originally published in 1988 in Portuguese by its Brazilian born writer and has since been released in 56 languages around the world.

In “The Alchemist“, Paulo Coelho shares an amazing story with powerful lesson’s of advice that anyone can apply to improve the quality of their thoughts and their life.

Enjoy these 12 Stand Out Quotes from one of the most loved fables of our time,”The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.

 The Alchemist Quotes

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

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho

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

“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. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.” – Paulo Coelho

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.” – Paulo Coelho

“There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.” – Paulo Coelho

“What is the world’s greatest lie?” the little boy asks.
The old man replies, “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. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” – Paulo Coelho

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” – Paulo Coelho

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” – Paulo Coelho

“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.” – Paulo Coelho

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Charlene Barry is the fun loving founder of This Is Project Me, a wellness, spiritual and inspirational channel on YouTube that inspires others to live the life of their dreams with passion, love and joy.Charlene believes in serendipity, wellness and spirituality and is an Ayurvedic and Lifestyle coach; helping people live their ideal life through Ayurvedic medicine, Meditation, Yoga and Balance.

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  1. omuron h

    Jul 5, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I have not read this book but it seems to be a great book looking forward to getting one thanks for posting

  2. Tejaswi

    Jan 29, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    The Alchemist is really a powerful book and an inspirarional one too… Paulo Coelho is a true master of words… Thanks for sharing the quotes… It reminded me to read the book once again..

  3. MrSetOnSuccess

    Feb 27, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I love this book because it was the FIRST ever that gave me the same type of FEELING that I get from reading biographies about success. This book spoke to me about living a personal legend and it sparked my imagination. Especially because I was reading it during a time of extreme growth. I was going through my own personal battles and found myself in a conflict with, “making a decision”. Because I read of Santiago it was able to get me out of my own head and into his world, which I then translated back to my own world after all.

    Thanks for posting these quotes.

  4. Sarfraz AM

    Feb 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Till few years ago I was putting more stress in steering one’s life actively, fixing goals and going after them, meeting the life heads on kind of thinking. Time and times again I saw the predominance of destiny over futility of measure by person. Allah said it in Sura Yousaf “and Allah is predominant over His affairs”
    How can be fate/destiny a greatest lie? And if its not a lie then why we put so much of stress and teach our children to design the life we want when Allah’s affairs will be predominant. This is my prompt to some of you who reflect….Thanks.

    • MrSetOnSuccess

      Feb 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Deep comment, thanks for sharing your experience. I believe we learn best through real experience.

    • FJL

      Mar 5, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      I believe in fate & destiny…to a degree. It may be fate to meet someone or to do something in life, but then when you are there, from that moment you have a choice… will you choose the path in front, or the path next to it, or one that leads away. Ultimately you will reach your final destiny, but its how you travelled there that is the key. At the end of your journey, you may be with that person as a partner or maybe not…just as a friend. Or the job you chose over another. Maybe there are many destiny’s all depending on your choices during your journey. Maybe your fate & destiny are all determined by any & all of those choices. Whose to say?.. Whatever you choose in life, it will be your destiny because you followed that path – wont it.

      One day, I was walking & i came across many Taro card readers, & after seeing many stalls, I went to a Chinese astrologer – just for fun, to see what they had to say. I said nothing to him,… nothing at all & he then proceeded to tell me all that had happened to me in the last 5 years, & all that would happen in the next. I was astonished with how precise & correct he was with the past years, especially as I never said a word. None at all. The interesting thing too was the next few years. I had a plan for what I was about to do & he repeated my plan exactly but also told me about more to come. Interestingly, despite my trying to speed things up, fate made these situations occur exactly around the time he told me they would. He said” this is my life’s journey, my “destiny” of hen I was born & how my path would travel. So if I just continue doing what I am now, these things will occur but if I choose to just sit at home & do exactly nothing, just sit on the couch, – will the same things happen? I don’t think so. Maybe these “points in life” & destiny moments will happen, but I think I can change the circumstances in which I will be when they happen. in other words, If I had to travel from point A to point B & that was my destiny or fate, maybe its my choice or I could alter part of the journey by choosing to go by walking, running, car , bus , plane ?

  5. Sebastian

    Dec 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I’m reading this book for the second time now. By FAR the best book I’ve ever read.

    “What is the world’s greatest lie?” the little boy asks.
    The old man replies, “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. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” – Paulo Coelho

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