The Alchemist is one of the best-selling books in history, having sold 65 million copies and been translated into nearly 80 languages. The tale, which was written in 1988 by Paulo Coelho, is an allegory about a young shepherd looking for his wealth. Coelho claims that he completed this profoundly spiritual work in just two weeks. He said that the narrative was “already written in [his] spirit,” which allowed him to write at this rate.

Here are a few of the book’s most appealing quotations that should be enough to convince you to add it to your reading list.

1.“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

It is our responsibility to get up and take action when we want anything in life. In life, we tend to leave too much to chance and place an undue amount of faith in how things will turn out in the end.

2.“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

What’s the sense of living if we can get everything we desire right away? Maybe, despite one’s best efforts, some things aren’t intended to succeed. Yet, hey? Isn’t that what makes it even more intriguing and deserving of a shot? The likelihood of it happening?

3.“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

This amazing little object serves as a gentle reminder to be grateful for the little things in life that we often take for granted and to discover joy and amazement even in the seemingly routine.

4.“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?” the boy asked.
“Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

The simplest reason for this is that the things you love—family, friends, etc.—are the things that are actually valuable and have true value.

5.“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

A prompt to keep moving on in the face of challenges. We only miss the shots we don’t take, so to speak, in the end. In order to achieve your goals, keep striving and dreaming.

Source: Times of India

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