Quotes from the book Alchemist


Kurian Benoy


June 22, 2019

Singaporean travels

The Alchemist is written by the famous Brazilian lyricist and novelist Paulo Coelho. I recently finished reading his book and am sharing some of amazing quotes I liked from his books. The last quote made me start reading this amazing book.

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

“Where your treasure is, there also will be your heart”.

” When you want something, the entire Universe conspires for the same”

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

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

A merchant sends his son to a sage to learn the secret to happiness. After traversing for forty days, the boy arrived at the luxurious palace of the sage, atop a hillock. He had to wait for two hours before seeing the polymath. ‘Do you want to know the secret to happiness?’ asked the sage. “I am too busy to explain it right now. Go round the mansion to see the myriads of things there and come to me after two hours. While you saunter around the castle, make sure that the oil is not lost”, the old man said, after handing over a spoon with two drops of oil over to the boy. The boy strolled around the manor for two hours, but all his attention was on the spoon. After two hours, he presented himself before the wise man. “Did you not see everything?” the old man asked. “I could not watch everything clearly”, he told the truth. “Never` mind, go around and relish the beauty of this edifice anew”, the old squire said. The boy felt elated. He set out to enjoy the elegance of the manor in a new way, holding the spoon containing two drops of oil. He admired the murals and frescoes on the ceiling, luxuriant gardens, captivating landscapes and panorama of the mountain ranges beyond all measure. Again, he appeared before the sagacious man and made an account of what he had seen. “What happened to the two drops of oil?” the mentor asked. Only then did the boy realize that the spoon had been empty.The secret of happiness lies in looking at all the marvels of the world without forgetting the drops of oil in the spoon” the old man spoke very prudently; here the ‘oil’ stands for moral values while the ‘spoon’ for life. ”