When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.
If there hadn't been a sixth day, man would not exist; copper would always be copper; and lead just lead. It's true that everything has its Personal Legend, but one day that Personal Legend will be realized. So each thing has to transform itself into something better, and to acquire a new Personal Legend, until, someday, the Soul of the World becomes one thing only.
The boy and his heart had become friends, and neither was capable now of betraying the other.
Everything, absolutely everything on this earth makes sense, and even the smallest things are worthy of our consideration.
Haven't you learned anything, not even with the approach of death? Stop thinking all the time that you're in the way, that you're bothering the person next to you. If people don't like it, they can complain. And if they don't have the courage to complain, that's their problem
It is not time that changes man nor knowledge the only thing that can change someone's mind is love.
But if you believe yourself worthy of the thing you fought so hard to get, then you become an instrument of God, you help the Soul of the World, and you understand why you are here.
It is said that all people who are happy have God within them.
This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there's no need at all to understand what's happening, because everything happens within you.
People learn twenty-five percent from their teacher, twenty-five percent from listening to themselves, twenty-five percent from their friends, and twenty-five percent from time.
That's all anyone has, and it's always brief, although, of course, some people believe they have a past where they can accumulate things and a future where they will accumulate still more. By the way, speaking of the present moment, do you masturbate a lot?
She wants to drink that man too, and then she can forget forever the cheap wine that you gulp down and that makes you feel drunk, but always leaves you with a headache and an empty space in your soul.
He felt the urge to go into the desert, to see if it's silence held the answers to his questions.
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.
When you are in love, things make even more sense, he thought.
Be crazy! But learn how to be crazy without being the center of attention. Be brave enough to live different.
How is it possible for the beauty that was there only minutes before to vanish so quickly?
Alchemist is like getting up at dawn and seeing the sun rise when other are asleep
If what you found was made from pure matter, it will never spoil. And you can come back one day. If it was just one moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you will find nothing on your return. But you would have seen an explosion of light. And that alone would already be worth the journey.
The boy knew a lot of people in the city. That was was what made traveling appeal to him-- he always made new friends, and he didn't need to spend all if his time with them.
Faith is not Desire. Faith is Will. Desires are things that need to be satisfied, whereas Will is a force. Will changes the space around us,...
If only everyone could know and live with their inner craziness. Would the world be a worse place for it? No, people would be fairer and happier.
Its best to live as if it were the first and last day of my life.
But my heart is agitated, It has its dreams, it gets emotional, and it's become passionate over a woman of the desert. It asks things of me, and it keeps me from sleeping many nights, when I'm thinking about her
It's now what enters men's mouths that's evil. It's what comes out of their mouths that is.
Those who don't understand their personal legends will fail to comprehend its teachings.
People no longer try to decipher the mystery of life but choose instead to be a part of it.
The danger of an adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort
All my life, I thought of love as some kind of voluntary enslavement. Well, that's a lie: freedom only exists when love is present. The person who gives him or herself wholly, the person who feels freest, is the person who loves most wholeheartedly.
She was doing it because she had nothing to lose, because her life was one of constant, day to day frustration.
Ernest Hemingway - Charles Dickens - Sidney Sheldon - Salman Rushdie - Maxim Gorky - J. R. R. Tolkien - Honore de Balzac - Boris Pasternak - Arthur Koestler - Amy Tan