Original title: "O Alquimista"
"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer", the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky. "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... read more
When Santiago, a young shepherd boy from the Spanish countryside of Andalusia, has a dream that reveals the location of a hidden treasure buried at the Egyptian Pyramids his simple life is suddenly torn in two. Part of him wants to take the chance to go searching for it, and the other part of... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
When Santiago, a young shepherd boy from the Spanish countryside of Andalusia, has a dream that reveals the location of a hidden treasure buried at the Egyptian Pyramids his simple life is suddenly torn in two. Part of him wants to take the chance to go searching for it, and the other part of him wants to continue his life simple and easy being a shepherd.
A mysterious king, named the King of Salem, in Tarifa convinces Santiago that he has succeeded in discovering his Personal Legend. The old king tells Santiago that a pesron's only real obligationin life is when he comes to the conclusion by following his Personal Legend.
Santiago listens to his heart and decides to go on a dangerous search for the treasure. He sells his flock of sheep and heads to Africa, where he is quickly robbed of all his gold and left despondent on the streets. He decides later that he was foolish to believe in his dreams and quickly finds a job with a crystal merchant in order to save up enough money to go back home.
After almost a year working for the merchant, Santiago has made a success of the shop and has plenty of money to do whatever he wants. As he’s walking the streets to go back home he suddenly decides to take a chance and continue his search for the buried treasure.
He joins a caravan to make the dangerous crossing across the desert and as he rides the long, slow days away he begins to listen to his heart and to the desert. He begins to understand what the Soul of the World is, and how he fits in.
When the caravan makes it to the oasis, Santiago meets a girl he falls in love with the moment he sees her. The local alchemist, a mysterious man who reminds Santiago of the old king, helps Santiago continue his journey across the desert and teaches him more important life lessons along the way. Although Santiago does not know it, he is becoming wise, and a master in the art of living to the fullest no matter what. Although he has left his true love back at the oasis, he is resolved to follow his dream to its end.
After many adventures, dangers, and important life lessons Santiago finally reaches the Pyramids. His joy at finally being at journey’s end overwhelms him, and he is grateful that he got the chance to follow his dream.
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He begins to dig deep into the sand looking for treasure, but before he can get far a pack of thieves shows up, beating and robbing him. They force him to continue digging, and then leave when no treasure is found. One of the thieves, as destiny would have it, tells Santiago an important clue and when they’re gone Santiago can’t help but laugh, because now he knows where his treasure truly lies.
It ends up being right back where his journey began, under the very tree where he had the prophetic dream years before. He digs and finds a beautiful chest full of gold and gems. His next and last journey will be back to the desert to be reunited with the woman he loves.
“Treasure is uncovered by the force of flowing water, and it is buried by the same currents.”Melchizedek
“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.”Narrator
“If you start out by promising what you do not even have yet, you'll lose your desire to work toward getting it.”Melchizedek
“It is the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”Santiago
“People learn, early in their lives, what is their reason for being. Maybe that's why they give up on it so early, too.”Melchizedek
“That's what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”Santiago
“When you want something the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”Melchizedek
“It's not what enters men's mouths that's evil. It's what comes out of their mouths that is.”The Alchemist
“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”Fatima
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.”The Alchemist
“From that day on it was the desert that would be important. She would look to it every day, and would try to guess which star the boy was following in search of his treasure. She would have to send her kisses on the wind, hoping that the wind would touch the boy's face, and would tell him that she was alive. That she was waiting for him, a woman awaiting a courageous man in search of his treasure. From that day on, the desert would represent only one thing to her: the hope for his return.”Narrator
“...world's greatest lie: At a certain point in our lives we lose control of what is happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.”
“The boy reached through to the Soul of the World, and saw that it was a part of the Soul of God. And he saw that the Soul of God was his own soul. An that he, a boy, could perform miracles.”Narrator
“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So its better to listen to what it has to say. That way you will never have to fear an unanticipated blow.”The Alchemist
“Intuition is 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.”Narrator
“People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want.”
“When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tells others of them, seldom are you believed.”The Alchemist
“Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the sold of the universe. It's your mission on earth.”
“Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.”
“And anyone who interferes with the Personal Legend of another thing never will discover his own.”The Alchemist
“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.”Highlighted by 2538 Kindle customers
“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.”Highlighted by 2535 Kindle customers
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”Highlighted by 2505 Kindle customers
It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting,Highlighted by 2393 Kindle customers
Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.Highlighted by 2311 Kindle customers
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.Highlighted by 2281 Kindle customers
“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.”Highlighted by 2060 Kindle customers
‘The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.’”Highlighted by 1890 Kindle customers
“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.”Highlighted by 1864 Kindle customers
“That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”Highlighted by 1676 Kindle customers
Like The Little Prince, this is a book that younger children could read (or have read to them) and enjoy the story. At its core, it is a wonderful story about a boy who becomes a shepherd in order to have the means to travel. On his travels, he discovers the world and himself. Also like The Little Prince, this is a book that if read when older, there is so much more meaning to the story that you'll wonder if you read the same book when you were younger. In a nutshell, it is a book for all ages. It would be hard for younger readers to understand.
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