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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

 

If you haven’t read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho make sure you get your hands on a copy here:

 

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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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6 Inspiring Quotes From Lucille Ball That Will Motivate You to Stand Out and Reach for the Stars

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The original “Queen of Comedy” Lucille “Lucy” Ball, continues to be an icon of fiery sass and humor for every generation. Her timeless comedic talent still sets the standard for those desiring to follow in her celebrated entertainment footsteps.

Here are six inspiring quotes from her that will motivate you to stand out from the crowd and never give up on your dreams:

1. “One of the things I learned the hard way, was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”

In business and our personal lives, we are bombarded daily by outward criticism and inward self-doubt. In order to realise the success we strive for and attain the goals we hope to achieve, it’s important to practice a strong positive outlook.

Although Ball was known for being an inherently shy girl, when she was 15 years old, she convinced her mom to allow her to attend New York Drama School. The administrator of the school, unable to see the talent hidden behind the shyness, wrote to her mother telling her not to “waste her money and the school’s time with this shy, awkward young lady.”

Refusing to be deterred by the shortsighted criticism, Ball dug in her heels, overcame her shyness, and went on to become the talented comedic actress and icon we know and love today. Just imagine how unfortunate it would have been if she had taken the negative criticism to heart and decided to give up her passion.

2. “Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work—and realising what is opportunity and what isn’t.”

Today, we are very much conditioned to expect instant gratification in all areas of life. It’s important to remember, however, that true personal and professional success is achieved through tenacity and hard work. Very seldom does “luck” play a substantial role in building a solid and promising future.

Few people may realise that beyond the laughter and crazy shenanigans that Ball is so well known for, she was a trailblazing businesswoman who mapped out her professional path and keenly took advantage of opportunities that came her way.

Behind the scenes, she was co-creator, owner, and partner of Desilu Productions with her husband, Desi Arnaz. I Love Lucy was the first real sitcom developed by a husband and wife team, and under Desilu Studios, the show pioneered the multi-camera shot and filmed in front of a live audience—something no one else was doing at the time.

Being a female owner of a film production company in the 1960s was unprecedented. But, Ball didn’t stop there. Instead, she would eventually buy out Desi and become the first female CEO of a major television and movie production company. Her hard work and perseverance created a legacy to last for generations.

3. “I’d rather regret the things I have done than the things that I haven’t.”

Regrets are a fact of life both personally and professionally. However, most of us would probably admit that we learned some valuable things about ourselves from past mistakes and mishaps. Most would agree that our biggest regrets are related to the opportunities and experiences that we didn’t seize when we had the chance.

Ball’s career in the entertainment world was full of various ups and downs that included many B movies and lackluster performances. However, she continued to forge ahead learning from each and every experience. She was forty years old when she finally hit her stride and began her journey with I Love Lucy. Ball didn’t let the fact that Hollywood considered her to be “old” to stop her from fulfilling her dreams.

Instead of letting the long road of disappointments and closed doors discourage her, Ball refused to give up and found a way to create her own destiny and achieve the success that she had worked so hard for.

4. “I dyed my hair this crazy red to bid for attention. It has become a trademark, and I’ve got to keep it this way.”

We live in a culture where most of us just want to fit in. There is a pressure to conform to a set of expectations in both our professional and personal lives. However, it’s often when we take a risk to set ourselves apart, that doors of opportunities and experiences open for us.

For example, Ball’s natural hair colour was a light to medium brown with reddish tones. Early in her career, she bleached it blonde in hopes of being able to compete with the plethora of bombshell blondes of the era. She eventually realised, however, she needed to stand out, not blend in!

In a past interview, Ball is quoted stating, “Not being a beauty, I hated any part in a picture which depended on beauty. I resented work where looks were that important. There are so many glamour girls that I felt it was silly for me to try to compete with them.”

Dyeing her natural brown hair the colour red was one of the greatest risks Ball took early in her career, but it became one of the late comedian’s most beautiful physical features that helped her stand out and succeed in Hollywood. She shared, “I had to learn to concentrate on developing my personality—to have an individual approach. The way you feel about yourself has a lot to do with the impression you make.”

5. “The more things you do, the more you can do.”

We should never stop striving to learn new skills and grow in knowledge. Taking the steps to constantly evolve in our understanding of our professional and personal life—as well as the world around us—helps build a firm foundation for our present and future.

Ball was a true pioneer for the women of her time. She was not afraid to tackle new things or learn more about the production and business side of her career even though she was encroaching on a man’s world at the time. She knew that any knowledge she gained about the entertainment business would help ensure her future success.

For example, behind the scenes, Ball was an integral part of the business operations of Desilu Productions. She was one of the final voices in all decisions made regarding the show and the production company. And it didn’t stop there. In front of the camera, she portrayed a determined woman diligently trying to work outside of the home in various careers while still tackling the responsibilities of being a housewife and a mother. To put it simply, she just wasn’t scared to try something new.

It’s important to not let fear of failure, or the unknown, deter us from taking chances to break the mould and step out of our comfort zone. The possibilities for growth, success, and achievement are endless.

6. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

It’s quite profound how much we can learn from the fortitude and spunk exuded from Lucille Ball, the “Queen of Comedy.” As we’ve seen through these quotes, Ball refused to let others dictate who she would become or what she would achieve. Instead, she had a firm grasp on her own self-worth and was determined to forge ahead to fulfill her dreams.

She demonstrated that self-confidence and inner strength are vital to professional and personal success—a lesson that we would all be wise to remember.

Which one of the above Lucille Ball quotes was your favorite and why? Share your thoughts with us below!

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30 Inspirational Quotes by Michelle Obama That Will Lift Everyone Up

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Michelle Obama, wife of former United States President, Barack Obama, an American lawyer and writer, a former First Lady of the United States of America, a mom, an author and a style icon. In the eight amazing years that she served as the First Lady of the United States of America, she managed to become an inspiration for women all across the globe.

She has always spoken and worked towards equal rights for women, education for girls and healthy living. She is the proper definition of the modern-day revolutionary woman. Over the last couple of years, she has been encouraging people everywhere with her incredible words of wisdom and motivation. Every single person – young or old, is sure to take inspiration and motivation from her words.

Here are 30 quotes spoken by Michelle Obama:

1. “When they go low, we go high.”

2. “Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”

3. “Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.”

4. “The only limit to the height of your achievement is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.”

5. “Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters – on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.”

6. “As women, we must stand up for ourselves. As women, we must stand up for each other. As women, we must stand up for justice for all.”

7. “No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are BEAUTIFUL.”

8. “Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals.”

9. “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contribution of half of its citizens.”

10. “You don’t have to say anything to the haters. You don’t have to acknowledge them at all. You just wake up every morning and be the best you can be. And that tends to shut them up.”

11. “Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed.”

12.Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.”

13. “When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.”

14. “Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.”

15. “Choose people who lift you up.”

16. “The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued.”

17. “Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.”

18. “Just do what works for you because there will always be someone who thinks differently.”

19. “Every girl, no matter where she lives, deserves the opportunity to develop the promise inside of her.”

20. “Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar.”

21. “Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. Trust your instincts, good relationships feel good, they feel right, they don’t hurt.”

22. “The one way to get me to work my hardest was to doubt me.”

23. “Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t.”

24. “I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values – and follow my own moral compass – then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.”

25. “Changing the big picture takes time… and the best thing to do is focus on the things that we can make in our lives. If we’re doing all that – that becomes the collage of real change.”

26. “People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.”

27. “We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.”

28. “You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”

29. “I am an example of what is possible when girls from the beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.”

30. “If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn’t be here. I guarantee you that.”

What is your favorite quote from Michelle Obama? Comment Below!

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90 Success Quotes You Should Have Tattooed On Your Body!

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42 Les Brown Quotes That Will Intensify Your Motivation

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As a motivational speaker, author and politician, Les Brown has risen to international prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. (more…)

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