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11/20/08

The Alchemist-Paolo Coelho


What's your favorite book? Mine has to be The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. I have read this book about 10 times and I know I will read it again. It's a book that always teaches me something.From beginning to end the author takes you to a journey that helps you to realize that life is full of surprises. He suggests that those who do not have the courage to follow their Personal Calling, are doomed to a life of emptiness, misery, and unfulfillment. Fear of failure seems to be the greatest obstacle to happiness. He shows us how we sacrifice fulfillment to conformity and end up living a life of void. It is interesting to see that Coelho presents the person who denies to follow his dream as the person who denies to see God, and that "every happy person carries God within him". However, only few people choose to follow the road that has been made for them, and find God while searching for their destiny, and their mission on earth. If you haven't read it, I strongly recommend it.

You can start reading the first pages here & also buy an e-copy or a hard-copy if you're interested.


My favourite Quotes from the Alchemist

-People learn, early in their lives, what is their reason for being,” said the old man, with a certain bitterness. “Maybe that’s why they give up on it so early, too. But that’s the way it is.”

-The boy didn't know what a person's "destiny" was. It's what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their destiny

-The alchemists spent years in their laboratories, observing the fire that purified the metals. They spent so much time close to the fire that gradually they gave up the vanities of the world. They discovered that the purification of the metals had led to a purification of themselves

-In his pursuit of the dream, he was being constantly subjected to tests of his persistence and courage. So he could not be hasty, nor impatient. If he pushed forward impulsively, he would fail to see the signs and omens left by God along his path.

-The wise men understood that this natural world is only an image and a copy of paradise. The existence of this world is simply a guarantee that there exists a world that is perfect. God created the world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of this wisdom. That's what I mean by action."

-People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don't deserve them, or that they'll be unable to achieve them.

-The boy could see in his father's gaze a desire to be able, himself, to travel the world -- a desire that was still alive, despite his father's having had to bury it, over dozens of years, under the burden of struggling for water to drink, food to eat, and the same place to sleep every night of his life.

-The problem is that they (the sheep) don't even realize that they're walking a new road every day. They don't see that the fields are new and the seasons change. All they think about is food and water. Maybe we're all that way, the boy mused.

-It's a book that says the same thing almost all the other books in the world say," continued the old man (Melchizedek). "It describes people's inability to choose their own destinies. And it ends up saying that everyone believes the world's greatest lie." "What's the world's greatest lie?" the boy asked, completely surprised. "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."

-All you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation. Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there.

7 comments:

muslimahh said...

Inshallah I'll pick it up this weekend and add it to my waiting list! :)

Cecilia said...

I will so read that book!

hijabee said...

Muslimahh,Cecilia

Youc an start reading it on the link I provided! I'm sure you will like it :)

Elom said...

All I can do is smile. You know that this is one of my favorite books as well :)

hijabee said...

Elom,
I know and you introduced me to it :)

Jemila said...

Definitely one of the better books out there. Love the simplicity of his writing, yet the weight of his words.

Hijabee said...

Jemila,
So true. It's so simple and profound at the same time :)