Thursday, July 21, 2005

Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist

My God I love Paulo Coelho.

Tangent: I'm creating summaries of all of my current favorite teachers/schools of thought. Including but not limited to: Nietzsche, Emerson, Rand, Buddhism (Buddha, Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh), Hinduism, Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Stoicism (Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus), Classic Greek Doods (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle), Taoism (Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu), Rumi, Gibran, Ueshiba, Maslow (God, how did I almost forget him?!?), Frankl, Joseph Campbell, Buscaglia, etc.

Each of those summaries will include some of my favorite passages/quotes from their works. I'm really excited to share em with you...

For now, I offer you some of my favorite passages from Coelho's classic, The Alchemist:

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

"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. B/c when we love, we always strive to become better than we are."

"There is only one way to learn. It's through action."

"When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream."

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

"What you need to know is this: Before a dream is realized, the soul of the world tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not b/c it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the elssons we have learned as we've moved toward that dream. That's the point at which most people give up. It's the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one "dies of thirst just when th palm trees have appeared on the horizon."

"Every search begins with beginner's luck and every search ends with the victor's being severely tested."

"The darkest hour of the night came just before the dawn."

"All things are the manifestation of one thing only."

"When you want something with all your heart, that's when you are closest to the soul of the world. It's always a positive force."

"Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure."

the boy to the alchemist:
"What went wrong when other alchemists tried to make gold and were unable to do so?"

"They were looking only for gold," his companion
[the alchemist] answered. "They were seeking the treasure of their personal legend, without wanting actually to live out the personal legend."

--I love that. So many people look at the money they can make in a particular venture and so rarely come from their heart...It's so obvious that if you just have the courage to follow your heart and serve and truly engage in the process of living your "personal legend"all the money in the world will follow... --

"The closer he felt to the realization of his dream, the more difficult things his pursuit of the dream, he was being constantly subjected to tests of his persistence and courage. So he could not be hasty, nor impatient. If he pushed forward impulsively, he would fail to see the sign and omens left by God along his path."

"Don't be impatient."

""I must have no fear of failure.'

"He had lived every day intensely."

"Courage is the quality most essential to understanding the language of the world."

"You must not let up, even after having come so far."

"People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, b/c they feel they don't deserve them or that they'll be unable to achieve them."

"Your eyes show the strength of your soul."

"Don't give in to your fears. If you do, you won't be able to talk to your heart."

"If a person is living out his personal legend, he knows everything he needs to know. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."

"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."

"No project is complete until its objective has been achieved."


At 7:18 PM, Blogger amarisse said...

I love him, too... do you read Ode magazine? He has a regular column in there that I flip to first thing every time I get a new issue.

At 10:13 PM, Blogger Brian Johnson said...

Awesome! Just subscribed. Thanks for the heads-up!

At 7:26 AM, Blogger amarisse said...

Cool. I think you will really like Ode. Every now and then, some of the articles' authors seem to take themselves a little seriously, but it's forgiveable, given the nature of their good intentions and the difficulty of spreading a message of peace and equality in this modern world we live in. Hope you enjoy!


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