Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Alchemist

Just done reading this popular book written by a Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. Interesting to know that the book has already celebrated its twentieth anniversary of its publication. The book was first originally written and published in Portuguese in 1988 and later published in English in 1993. Translated in more than fifty languages, it also has a pride of winning the Guinness World Records for the most translated book by a living author. The story is about a young shepherd who travels into the desert on his quest for a dream and the fulfilment of his destiny. A simple yet brilliant story which emphasis mainly on the wisdom of following your heart.

Here are few lines I loved in this book...

Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.

"Maktub" - An Arabic word, meaning" Its written".

When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it.

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.

Your eyes show the strength of your soul.

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

When you are loved, you can do anything in creation, there's no need at all to understand what's happening,
because everything happens within you.

When we love, we always strive to become better than we are.

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