I have read with The Alchemist. I love it!!!
Here is the first part…
Here is the second part…
This book is very deeply spiritual, it certainly gets you thinking about your personal legend.
I think mine is about becoming a good practicing Muslimah, becoming a wife, and contributing something big in the educational system in the Philippines. I seem to be on the right track though I still have a long way to go. InshaAllah.
I love how the book describes true love between a man and a woman – how one encourages the other to achieve a goal. I also like the comparisons between people who work towards their personal legends and those who have given up on theirs.
Oh! And that part about the heart, that you also have to listen to your heart. If you do not, your heart will continue to haunt you.
If you haven’t already read it, I wholeheartedly recommend it. I have listened to this audio book three times and each time is like the first time. The more I listen to it, the bigger the impact it leaves with me.
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”
“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”
“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.”
“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”
“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”
“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.”
“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”
“This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you.”
“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“It was the pure Language of the World. It required no explanation, just as the universe needs none as it travels through endless time. What the boy felt at that moment was that he was in the presence of the only woman in his life, and that, with no need for words, she recognized the same thing. He was more certain of it than of anything in the world. He had been told by his parents and grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed. But maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language. Because, when you know that language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.”
“If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work towards getting it.”
“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”
“Don’t think about what you’ve left behind” The alchemist said to the boy as they began to ride across the sands of the desert. “If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.”
“And, when you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.”
“It is said that all people who are happy have God within them.”
“God only rarely reveals the future. When he does so, it is for one reason: it’s a future that was written so as to be altered.”
“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him.”
“Maktub,” she said. “If I am really part of your dream, you’ll come back one day.”
“But if you believe yourself worthy of the thing you fought so hard to get, then you become an instrument of God, you help the Soul of the World, and you understand why you are here.”
“Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”
“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.”
“The past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.”
“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.”
“If good things are coming, they will be a pleasant surprise,” said the seer. “If bad things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur.”
“Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.”
“Because true love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny”