Updated: Mar 29
It’s hard for me to even try and summarize the plot of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho because I didn’t even completely understand it while I was reading it, but it all came to make sense in the end. You have to read this book from beginning to end to fully understand the lesson. All I can say is that it’s about finding your personal legend and I think at some point in everyone’s lives they should give this book a read. Especially if they’re feeling stuck on their life path.
I will say that if I picked this book up five years ago, I wouldn’t have understood it quite the way I do now. I have come a long way on a journey to a positive mindset and healthy lifestyle and picked this book up at exactly the right time. I now understand that we all have an important responsibility to understand our roles in the Universe.
Some of my favorite quotes from the book are:
“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.”
“I couldn’t have found God in the seminary, he thought, as he looked at the sunrise.”
“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
‘“There’s no such thing as coincidence,” said the Englishman, picking up the conversation where it had been interrupted in the warehouse. “I’m here because a friend of mine heard of an Arab who...” But the caravan began to move, and it was impossible to hear what the Englishman was saying. The boy knew what he was about to describe, though: the mysterious chain that links one thing to another, the same chain that had caused him to become a shepherd, that caused his reoccurring dream, that had brought him to a city near Africa, to find a king, and to be robbed in order to meet a crystal merchant, and... The closer one gets to realizing his Personal Legend, the more Personal Legend becomes his true reason for being, thought the boy.’