I just finishing reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho twice through back-to-back. To say that this book has given me a new outlook on life is an understatement. Back in July 2010, Will Smith gave an interview where he mentioned The Alchemist and he discusses how much he believes in it. I even posted the interview here but did not read the book until now.
So many aspects of The Alchemist can be quickly translated into our every day lives. The Alchemist tells the story of Santiago, a boy on a search to realize his personal legend. The book defines one’s personal legend as “what you have always wanted to accomplish.” Santiago goes on an inspirational journey to do what he was put on this earth to do. There are so many juicy tidbits and quotes that I would literally need to reprint the entire book in this post to do it any sort of justice. Here are five of my favorite quotes from The Alchemist.
“When you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on this earth.”
“Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.”
“Never stop dreaming.”
“It’s not what enters men’s mouth that’s evil… It’s what comes out of their mouths that is.”
“It’s true; life really is generous to those who pursue their Personal Legend.”
Have you ever read this book? What did you think of it? Has it changed your perspective in any way? The one major thing that resounded with me after finishing this book is that if you stop trying, you could be one step away from reaching your goal. Persistence truly is the name of the game. I’ve mentioned that before on this blog but I think recently I have failed to follow my own advice. This book has served as a good reminder. Your thoughts?