The only author of whom I’ve read all of his titles. His use of Christian symbolism and his simple, poetic language makes each book a comfort to read. Nothing turns me off faster than something being unnecessarily complicated. Be it a book, an idea, instructions, a piece of music… Do not clog the universe with your need to feel intelligent.
If only the world were filled with people longing to seem loving instead of intelligent. That’s a world I could get behind. A world with a higher standard of what it is to make art. You make it with your hearts, not your minds, fools. Get your mind out of the way. It is merely a facilitator to get your fingers on the right frets and to press record.
Just my opinion. But who am I? Just a mad girl in a straight world, no?
I just reread The Alchemist and wrote down each passage that spoke to me. A kind of Sparknotes for my Soul. I first read all his works before my encounter with the devil. I may need to revisit all of them with my newly awakened eyes to appreciate them all the better.
“A shepherd always takes his chances with wolves and with drought, and that’s what makes a shepherd’s life exciting.”
“It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them. And since I am not wise, I have had to learn other arts, such as ________(insert your trade here).”
“The Soul of the World is nourished by people’s happiness. And also by unhappiness, envy, and jealousy. To realize one’s Personal Legend is a person’s only real obligation. And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”
“There was a language in the world that everyone understood. It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired.”
“Making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”
“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.”
“You have a mania for simplifying everything,” answered the Englishman, irritated. “Alchemy is a serious discipline.”
“The world has a soul, and whoever understands that soul can also understand the language of things.”
“If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve upon 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.”
“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’s encounter with God and with eternity.”
“His heart told him things that came from the Soul of the World. It said that all people who are happy have God within them. And that happiness could be found in a grain of sand from the desert.”
“Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” The boy remembered an old proverb from his country. It said that the darkest hour of the night came just before the dawn.”
“When something evolves, everything around that thing evolves as well.”
“That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”
“It is we who nourish the Soul of the World, and the world we live in will be either better or worse, depending on whether we become better or worse. And that’s where the power of love comes in. Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.”
“The alchemist said, “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.””