Connect with us

Quotes

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

Published

on

Charlene Barry Reading The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Quotes

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:

 

Paolo Coelho Picture Quote The Alchemist

 

 

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.

Advertisement
8 Comments

8 Comments

  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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Quotes

55 of the Best Johnny Depp Quotes to Inspire You Today

Published

on

Johnny Depp quotes
Image Credit: Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp, famous for his portrayal of strange and eccentric characters, is undoubtedly one of the most popular stars in Hollywood. But his real life has also been as strange as anything. Johnny Depp has faced many hardships starting from his teenage years. Before he became a big thing in Hollywood, he used to make ends meet by selling pens and having odd end jobs. So, yes, he has had his fair share of struggles. But today, he is rated as one of the most successful actors in Hollywood. (more…)

Continue Reading

Quotes

54 Joe Rogan Quotes That Will Motivate You to Greatness

Published

on

joe rogan quotes
Image Credit: Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan is a stand-up comedian, a figure in the MMA space, and former host of Fear Factor.  But Rogan is more recognized his famous podcast The Joe Rogan Experience which is at the top of many iTunes charts.  Each week, Joe Rogan sits down with a public figure to have a raw conversation to discuss their story, passions, and life in general.  These people range from actors & scientists, to controversial figures in the news.  Rogan is well known for dropping knowledge bombs in his show and is respected & looked up to by people in a variety of spaces as a motivational & inspirational figure. (more…)

Continue Reading

Quotes

27 Cristiano Ronaldo Quotes That Will Sow the Seeds of Success in Your Life

Published

on

Cristiano Ronaldo Quotes
Image Credit: PA

Cristiano Ronaldo is inarguably, one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. He is currently at the top of his game but his rise to prominence was far from ease. The Portuguese star has had his fair share of struggles but his thirst for perfection kept him going and made him the greatest of all time. (more…)

Continue Reading

Quotes

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

Published

on

lucille ball quotes
Image Credit: Getty Images

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!

Continue Reading

Trending