Book Quotes: The Alchemist

By fireiceandallthingsnice - January 24, 2018

I read the book 'The Alchemist' again, because I had left it mid way the last time. I think it might have been almost 8 years since I last read it. During the same time ,the other book I read of the author is 'The Zahir', I do not recollect much of the book of course but I do remember being disappointed with the end.

This time around, I finished 'The Alchemist' in 3-4 days, and I thoroughly enjoyed the process of reading it, however, as I read the last few pages, I felt the same emotion I had felt while reaching the end of the book 'The Zahir'. Maybe its just me!

The Alchemist is the story of a shepherd's journey from Andalusia to the Pyramids in Egypt, in realizing his destiny of finding a treasure. what makes this an interesting read is that his journey is filled with many life lessons, prophecies and the importance of listening to one's heart to follow his dream.
I have noted the quotes from the book that stayed with me, here's the list:
Book for Read: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

"Everything in the universe evolved," he said."And, for wise men, gold is the metal that evolved the furthest. Don't ask me why; I don't know why. I just know that the Tradition is always right."Men have never understood the words of the wise. So gold, instead of being seen as a symbol of evolution, became the basis for conflict."

"That's the Philosopher's stone and the Elixir of Life.It's the Master work of the alchemists. Whoever swallows that elixir will never be sick again, and a fragment from that stone turns any metal into gold."The Arabs laughed at him, and the alchemist laughed along. They thought his answer was amusing and they allowed the boy and the alchemist to proceed with all of their belongings."Are you crazy" the boy asked the alchemist when they had moved on. "What did you do that for?""To show you one of Life's simple lessons," the alchemist answered. "When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed."

"Every search begins with beginner's luck. And every search ends with the victor's being severely tested."The boy remembered an old proverb from his country. It said that the darkest hour of the night came just before the dawn.

They ate in silence. The alchemist opened a bottle and poured a red liquid into the boy's cup. It was the most delicious wine he had ever tasted."Isn't wine prohibited here?" the boy asked."It's not what enters men's mouths that's evil," said the alchemist. "It's what comes out of their mouths that is."

The camel driver had asked what the circumstances were under which God would allow him to see the future.
"Only when he, himself, reveals it. And God only rarely reveals the future. When he does so, it is for only one reason: it's a future that was written so as to be altered."

Barring the end of the book, it made me feel very positive about everything in general. It does not mean the end was tragic, it was of triumph of course but somehow it didn't meet my expectations. I could have elaborated on this, but I do not want to give out spoilers in case if you wish to read the book. Have you read this book, what did you think of it?  Do let me know in the comments.

P.S: Next book for read is by my favorite author, Devdutt Pattanaik, SITA.

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