This was my 2nd time reading this book, but i still enjoyed every bit of it! It gives me a lot of inspiration and hope that everyone of us has a dream, although i do not have at this point of time. I believe i should be able to find it… soon 🙂
An old king tells Santiago, who didn’t know what a person’s “Personal Legend” was…
“It’s what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend 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 realise their Personal Legend.
It’s a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realise your Personal Legend. It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet; whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.
The Soul of the World is nourished by people’s happiness. And also by unhappiness, envy, and jealousy. To realise one’s Personal Legend is a person’s only real obligation. All things are one.
And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Other Alchemist quotes that inspire me…
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
“I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.”