I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.
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
I promised that I would make my own decisions
Learn to recognise omens and follow them
Why don't people's hearts tell them to continue to follow their dreams? the boy asked the alchemist. Because that's what makes a heart suffer most, and hearts don't like to suffer.
When I have been truly searching for my treasure, every day has been luminous, because I’ve known that every hour was a part of the dream that I would find it. When I have been truly searching for my treasure, 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.
You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say. That way, you’ll never have to fear an unanticipated blow.
We have to try to get rid of the notion of time. And when you have an intense contact of love with nature or another human being, like a spark, then you understand that there is no time and that everything is eternal.
What was your beginners luck?
When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
His heart told the boy what his strongest qualities were
- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist