Monday, May 09, 2005

The Alchemist

Read the book finally, and loved it.
The simplicity of the story only underlines the importance of the message behind it - to have the courage to follow your dreams and realize you destiny, the enthusiasm to work towards your goals, and the belief in the "Soul of the World" to accept whatever life offers you, knowing that there is a lesson in every experience - whether good or bad.

Some of my favorite passages :
"People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams because they feel that they don't deserve them, or that they will be unable to achieve them. 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."

The boy told his heart "When I have been truly searching for my treasure, every day has been luminous, because I have known that every hour was a part of the dream that I would find it. I've discovered things along the way that I never would have seen had I not had the courage to try things that seemed impossible for a shepherd to achieve."

"To die tomorrow is no worse than dying on any other day. And to die in the midst of trying to realize your destiny is a lot better than dying like millions of other people, who never even knew what their destinies were."


  1. each time i get that book, i don't get to read it.. its happened all of the 3 times i've bought that book so far.
    there's a moral within it for me, but i guess not right now.

  2. I am yet to read it; so, any opinion would be unfounded. But this book sounds like fiction by Stephen Covey/Robert Schuller/Dale Carnegie. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (I wonder why he sold it, but not give it as charity), Alchemist, Tuesdays with Morrie, etc., are a new breed of self-help fiction that all sound awfully the same. Follow your dreams, dont covet material stuff, strive for love, strive for peace, and a whole lot of other one liners that spiritual entrepreneurs are using for decades....

    Will read it some day and give a more unbiased opinion, probably.