The Alchemist

My all-time favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

I was in my last year in college when our Political Science professor introduced that book to us. He wanted us to write a feedback between The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (chasing your dreams), or The Art of War by Sun Tzu (decision making and survival). He said that either of these books will help us in our future endeavors.

I found the books in the bookshop. I was thinking of buying The Alchemist because I am more of the magical-chasing-your-destiny kind of girl.  And of course, seeing how thick The Art of War book was, finalized my decision.  Too easy!

I was caught with the wonders and lessons of The Alchemist. The story indeed is life-changing.

I am amazed by how Santiago (the main character) never stopped chasing his dream. He spent half of his lifetime searching for his personal legend. He encountered great opportunities as he went on, but because of his strong faith that he will find his treasure, he let go of the chances.

That’s the kind of motivation everyone needs. Faith. If you believe in yourself that you can do it, in God’s perfect time, you will have your reward.


These are some of the quotes from the book that you can use in life, especially if you’re in a decision-making stage:

“In order to arrive you must follow the signs. God inscribed on the world the path that each man must follow. It is just a matter of reading the inscription he wrote for you.”
-It’s true. I believe that God already made plans for our future, in order to get there, we need to learn how to read the omens or signs he is showing us.

“Anyone who interferes in the destiny of others will never discover his own.”
-You should know the things that make you happy. Choose the path that you want, not because other people choose it. Pursue your destiny in your own way.

“God exists wherever He is allowed to enter.”
-You don’t need to find God, as long as you believe that he is there, he is. You just need to listen to the language of the world.

“Love never keeps a man from pursuing his personal legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t true love.”
-True love never stands in the way of someone’s dream. It is patient. It knows how to wait until the dreamer returns. Replacing your personal legend or dream for a relationship that could be short-term will give you unresolved issues.

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” 
-This is one of the things that makes life worth living for. The dreaming, the failure, the perseverance, and the accomplishment of reaching the dream. It all sums up to that.

“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.” 
-Be the person you want to fall in love with.

“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.”
-Enjoy today because it will just be a memory tomorrow.

There are more Alchemist’s quotes I want to write, but it will take ages. 🙂

Anyway, the funny but best thing I read in the book is that Santiago traveled the world to look for his treasure but ends up finding it on his doorstep.  Life is complicated, huh?
Well, I guess it doesn’t really matter where you find it, what’s important is the journey and adventure you had in order to achieve it.

Really makes sense.

Have you read The Alchemist too?


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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: That Stings!

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  1. This book is an absolute inspiration and roadmap for life. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the many messages in the book. Your site is very inviting. I will definitely be following you and thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

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