47 Paulo Coelho The Alchemist Quotes With Page Numbers

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, is about finding your purpose and fulfilling your dreams.

To find the meaning of life, you need to take the journey, learn, and grow so that you can see and appreciate the treasures that you already have.

Read some of my favorite The Alchemist quotes and share your favorites. Bookmark this page or Pin this to your quotes board and come back when you’ve finished the book.

I’ve included page numbers and a summary of their meaning so you can read or reference them in context.

A starry sky after sunset. Headline quote "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."- Paulo Coelho

Table of Contents: The Alchemist Quotes

 

And When You Want Something, All the Universe Conspires

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

∼ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 25

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The Alchemist Quotes About Dreams With Page Numbers

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist, page 23

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“One’s Personal Legend is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend 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 Personal Legend ”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist, page 23

 

“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.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 134

 

“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.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 134

 

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

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 146

 

“When you possess great treasures within you, and you try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 138

 

“Here I am, between my flock and my treasure, the boy thought. He had to choose between something he had become accustomed to and something he wanted to have.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 27

 

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 18

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“People learn, early in their lives, what is their reason for being…Maybe that’s why they give up on it so early, too. But that’s the way it is.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 26

 

The Alchemist and Dreams

You have dreams for a reason and that is to grow by reaching for them. We are meant to live our lives until we find that we knew our purpose all along.

You’ve known what you’ve wanted to do since you were young. How could anyone else possibly know what you want? The reason they shoot down your dreams is that they’ve forgotten their own. Either keep your dreams to yourself or follow them.

Follow them even if it takes a lifetime because the time will pass just the same.

The Alchemist Quotes About Fate With Page Numbers

“What’s the world’s greatest lie?… 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.”

∼Paulo Coelho, from The Alchemist page 20

 

“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 161

 

“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 161

 

“Intense, unexpected suffering passes more quickly than suffering that is apparently bearable; the latter goes on for years and, without our noticing, eats away at our soul, until, one day,we are no longer able to free ourselves from the bitterness and it stays with us for the rest of our lives.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist (vii)

 

“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 134

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The Alchemist Quotes About Wisdom With Page Numbers

“It’s the simple things in life that are most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 16

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“I’m like everyone else–I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not what actually does.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 43

 

“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 his wisdom.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 131

 

“All you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 131

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“Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 134

 

“No one fails to suffer the consequences of everything under the sun.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 140

 

“I couldn’t have found God in the seminary, he thought, as he looked at the sunrise.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 10

 

“People say strange things, the boy thought. Sometimes it’s better to be with the sheep, who don’t say anything. And better still to be alone with one’s books.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 19

 

“…intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it’s all written there.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 77

 

“Well there is only one piece of advice I can give you’ said the wisest of the wise men. ‘The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never forget the drops of oil on the spoon.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 34

 

“The boy was beginning to understand that intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it’s all written there.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 74

 

Wisdom From the Alchemist

The right path is simple but difficult while the wrong path is complicated but easy. We tend to ignore simple answers. Instead, we try to become efficient at the complicated. But a shortcut down the wrong path can only take you faster to where we don’t want to go. Live in harmony with the wisdom of nature and marvel at the wonders of the universe.

The Alchemist Quotes About Overcoming Fear

“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 76

 

“The boy noted that there was a sense of fear in the air, even though no one said anything. Once again he was experiencing the language without words…the universal language. The Englishman asked if they were in danger. Once you get into the desert, there’s no going back,said the camel driver. and, when you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward. The rest is up to Allah, including the danger.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 77

The Alchemist Quotes About Gratitude With Page Numbers

“Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 60

 

“Maybe God created the desert so that man could appreciate the date trees.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 85

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Gratitude

Blessings are like an oasis in the desert. We should stop and be thankful when we find one for we may never see it again. Life is like a desert, you only regret the oasis you let pass.

The Alchemist Quotes About Taking Action

“When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 70

 

“When you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 70

 

“There’s only one way to learn…it’s through action.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 129

 

“Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 85

 

“The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 102

 

Nothing stays the same, this can be a gift or a curse. Every day is a new day to make a  positive change. Your future has nothing to do with what is past. Your future depends only on what we do right now and every moment going forward.

Every mistake you made in the past you thought was the right move at the time. Just think of how much you’ve grown. You are wiser now, see what you can do.

 

The Alchemist Quotes About Success, With Page Numbers

“Imagine if everyone went around transforming lead into gold. Gold would lose its value. It’s only those who are persistent, and willing to study things deeply, who achieve the Master Work.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 85

 

“To do that successfully, I must have no fear of failure. It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the Master Work. Now, I’m beginning what I could have started ten years ago. But I’m happy at least that I didn’t wait twenty years.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 102

 

“You’ve got to find the treasure, so that everything you have learned along the way can make sense.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 119

 

“Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 137

 

“If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 27

 

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 155

 

“The Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 136-37

 

“This wasn’t a strange place; it was a new one…”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 41

 

“The boy felt jealous of the freedom of the wind, and saw that he could have the same freedom. There was nothing to hold him back except himself. The sheep, the merchant’s daughter, and the fields of Andalusia were only steps along the way to his Personal Legend.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 28

 

Success

Success is challenging for a reason. We are only given our dreams and what we need to succeed. Success cannot be given to us, it can only be earned. Otherwise, success would have no worth.

Only those willing to work for success deserve it. Success itself is not the reward, it is the wisdom, self-mastery, and character development that come with it.

The purpose of our dreams is to learn and grow. Reaching the top is boring and often disappointing, the fun lies in the journey.

The Alchemist Quotes About Love

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

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 119

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“If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 127

 

“When you are loved, you can do anything in creation.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 152

 

“At that moment, it seemed to him that time stood still, and the Soul of the World surged within him. When he looked into her dark eyes, and saw that her lips were poised between a laugh and silence, he learned the most important part of the language that all the world spoke – the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart. It was love. Something older than humanity, more ancient than the desert. Something that exerted the same force whenever two pairs of eyes met, as had theirs here at the well. She smiled, and that was certainly an omen – the omen he had been awaiting, without even knowing he was, for all his life. The omen he had sought to find with his sheep and in his books, in the crystals and in the silence of the desert…”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 92-93

 

“He had been told by his parents and grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed. But maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language. Because, when you know that language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainly that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning. Maktub [which means “It Is Written” or destined, in Arabic], thought the boy.”

∼Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist page 93

 

 

Unconditional Love

Unconditional love needs nothing in return. Love cannot be explained, it can only be shown. Love cannot be taken or traded for. It can only be shared willingly.

 

Paulo Coelho Quotes

“Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.”

∼Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

 

“If pain must come, may it come quickly. Because I have a life to live, and I need to live it in the best way possible. If he has to make a choice, may he make it now. Then I will either wait for him or forget him.”

∼Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

 

“Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?”

∼ Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

 

“When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive.”
∼Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

 

“Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.”

∼Paulo Coelho

 

“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”

―Paulo Coelho

 

“When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.”

∼Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

 

“Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.”

∼ Paulo Coelho

 

“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”

∼ Paulo Coelho

 

“Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.”

∼ Paulo Coelho, Brida

Keep dreaming if you want to stay young. Because when you have a purpose, your body and mind will give you what you need to fulfill it.

What are your favorite quotes from The Alchemist? What is your Personal Legend?

 

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing these quotes! “The Alchemist” literally changed my life. Reading that book is what inspired me to finally go after my dream of living abroad. I only wish that more people would pursue their personal legacy. That’s why it’s so important for people like you and me to continue to inspire others! Keep up the great work.

    • Thank you, Babel Traveler! Reading The Alchemist, recommended by a good friend, helped inspire me to start this blog. Keep pursuing your Personal Legend.