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Inspiring Quotes from The Alchemist

These are my favourite quotes from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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

“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”

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it”

“If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it”

“I’m afraid that if my dream is realised, I’ll have no reason to go on living” … “it would all be a disappointment, so I prefer just to dream about it”

“Beauty is the great seducer of men”

“I don’t want to change anything, because I don’t know how to deal with change. I’m used to the way I am”

“There was a language in the world that everyone understood… It was a language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired”

“Making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision”

“The closer one gets to realising his destiny, the more that destiny becomes his true reason for being”

“Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything because it’s all written there”

“People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want”

“The fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world written by the same hand”

“If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and that tribesmen fight because they are part of the human race. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now”

“It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. Something that exerted the same force whenever two pairs of eyes met”

“It (love) was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time”

“It’s not a battle of good against evil. It’s a war between forces that are fighting for the balance of power, and, when that type of battle begins, it lasts longer than others – because Allah is on both sides”

“The secret is here in the present… Forget about the future and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity”

“This natural world is only an image and a copy of paradise. The existence of this world is simply a guarantee that there exists a world that is perfect. God created the world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of his wisdom”

“People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them”

“Fear of suffering is worse than suffering itself”

“The darkest hour of the night came just before dawn”

“When you possess great treasures within you, and try tell others of them, seldom are you believed”

“Anyone who interferes with the destiny of another thing never will discover his own”

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too”

“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time”

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