Monday, 23 June 2008

The Alchemist

One of my favorite novels:


A quick note from Mr. Law: It is a book written by Paulo Coelho, translated by Alan R. Clarke. Note that I regard "destiny" as one's mission when one is living on earth, and it is given by God. "Fate", on the contrary, is just an excuse to avoid fulfilling their destiny.

Some of my favorite lines from the book:

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

~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.

~"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second encounter with God and with eternity."

~It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.

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

~"What's the world's greatest lie?" the boy asked, completely surprised. "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."

~"It (destiny) is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny 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 destiny....It (mysterious force) is a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your destiny..."

~I'm like everyone else -- I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not what actually does.

~The closer one gets to realizing his destiny, the more that destiny becomes his true reason for being...

~People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want. 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.

~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.

~Love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny.

~"Even though I complain sometimes, " it (heart) said, "it's because I'm the heart of a person, and people's hearts are that way. 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. We, their hearts, become fearful just thinking of loved ones who go away forever, or of moments that could have been good but weren't, or of treasures that might have been found but were forever hidden in the sands. Because, when these things happen, we suffer terribly."

~Life really is generous to those who pursue their destiny.