July 8, 2016

Notes from ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coehlo

In this short post, I’m going to include the Kindle notes and highlights I had in the book, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coehlo

 

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“But in his heart he knew that it did matter. And he knew that shepherds, like seamen and like traveling salesmen, always found a town where there was someone who could make them forget the joys of carefree wandering.”

 

“PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE PASSED through this village, son,” said his father. “They come in search of new things, but when they leave they are basically the same people they were when they arrived. They climb the mountain to see the castle, and they wind up thinking that the past was better than what we have now. They have blond hair, or dark skin, but basically they’re the same as the people who live right here.

 

It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting, Check out this quote.

 

When someone sees the same people every day, as had happened with him at the seminary, they wind up becoming a part of that person’s life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry.

 

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

 

“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.

 

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

 

“When he was a child, that man wanted to travel, too. But he decided first to buy his bakery and put some money aside. When he’s an old man, he’s going to spend a month in Africa. He never realized that people are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”

 

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

 

He had to choose between something he had become accustomed to and something he wanted to have.

 

when each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.

 

“That’s the way it always is,” said the old man. “It’s called the principle of favorability. When you play cards the first time, you are almost sure to win. Beginner’s luck.”

 

‘The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.

 

“I’m like everyone else—I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not what actually does.”

 

“I’m an adventurer, looking for treasure,” he said to himself.

 

“All things are one,” the old man had said.

 

Who knows … maybe it’s better to be like the crystal merchant: never go to Mecca, and just go through life wanting to do so, he thought, again trying to convince himself. But as he held Urim and Thummim in his hand, they had transmitted to him the strength and will of the old king.

 

I know why I want to get back to my flock, he thought. I understand sheep; they’re no longer a problem, and they can be good friends. On the other hand, I don’t know if the desert can be a friend, and it’s in the desert that I have to search for my treasure. If I don’t find it, I can always go home. I finally have enough money, and all the time I need. Why not? He suddenly felt tremendously happy. He could always go back to being a shepherd. He could always become a crystal salesman again. Maybe the world had other hidden treasures, but he had a dream, and he had met with a king. That doesn’t happen to just anyone!

 

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.

 

“Creatures like the sheep, that are used to traveling, know about moving on.”

 

“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”

 

“In alchemy, it’s called the Soul of the World. When you want something with all your heart, that’s when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It’s always a positive force.”

 

They were men who had dedicated their entire lives to the purification of metals in their laboratories; they believed that, if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the Soul of the World.

 

“Because 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. 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.

 

“This is the first phase of the job,” he said. “I have to separate out the sulfur. To do that successfully, I must have no fear of failure. It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the Master Work. Now, I’m beginning what I could have started ten years ago. But I’m happy at least that I didn’t wait twenty years.”

 

He knew that any given thing on the face of the earth could reveal the history of all things. One could open a book to any page, or look at a person’s hand; one could turn a card, or watch the flight of the birds … whatever the thing observed, one could find a connection with his experience of the moment. Highlight | Page 110 to die tomorrow was no worse than dying on any other day. Every day was there to be lived or to mark one’s departure from this world. Everything depended on one word: “

 

“Courage is the quality most essential to understanding the Language of the World.”

 

“You must love the desert, but never trust it completely. Because the desert tests all men: it challenges every step, and kills those who become distracted.”

 

“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream”

 

“You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his Personal Legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t true love … the love that speaks the Language of the World.”

 

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

 

“There is only one way to learn,” the alchemist answered. “It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.

 

“The wise men understood that 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. That’s what I mean by action.”

 

“Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.

 

“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, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.

 

Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.

 

..before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.

 

“To show you one of life’s simple lessons,” the alchemist answered. “When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.”

 

“You dominated those horsemen with the way you looked at them,” he said. “Your eyes show the strength of your soul,” answered the alchemist.

 

..they understood that when something evolves, everything around that thing evolves as well.

 

“If a person is living out his Personal Legend, he knows everything he needs to know. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

 

“That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.

 

“This is for you,” he said, holding one of the parts out to the monk. “It’s for your generosity to the pilgrims.” “But this payment goes well beyond my generosity,” the monk responded. “Don’t say that again. Life might be listening, and give you less the next time.”

 

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Chris Hughes

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