I love this book! As a practicing ‘alchemist’, even more so! Because perhaps the greatest riddles are hidden in plain sight, and this work by Paulo Coelho is no exception, showing a breadth of understanding quite rare in modern short stories, and a lively prose peppered with four dimensional characters.
Here are the 10 most meaningful passages from The Alchemist as chosen by literally thousands of reader from around the world. Enjoy!
“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.”
“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.”
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting,
Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
when each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.
“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 of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.’”
“Because 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. You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and that tribesmen fight because they are part of the human race. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.”
“That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”Highlighted by 1734 Kindle users
Well if your’e into Thelema (Aleister Crowley et al) you’re going to love this! Virtually every one of OTO’s 100+ course books.
If you want to have a browse, i’ve selected some of my favourites for you below:
- LIBR451.txt Liber Siloam Of Eroto-comatose Lucidity (pdf version) OTO trying to block this one
- LIBR071.txt The Voice of the Silence (pdf version)
- LIBR067.txt The Sword of the Song (pdf version)
- LIBR850.txt The Rites of ELEUSIS (pdf version)
If you find the links are broken please let me know.
Books books books! Every once in a while, someone’s silent labour is uncovered, as though a rejected cornerstone had been unearthed for all to see. In this case it is esoteric knowledge, compiled, distilled and ordered for a few initiates, and briefly for us all.
The first of these is: Bookult (currently Down on 23rd of June – a replacement has been posted ) 23hich has roughly 500 esoteric ebooks and what are known as ‘Libers’ free to view, download and enjoy. Compilations like these are rare, and may take many years to assemble. Unfortunately they regularly vanish along with the servers hosting them.
Among Bookults gems are The Martinist initiation courses, Franz Bardons initiation into Hermetics and perhaps most difficult to come by Jean Dubuis Alchemical Correspondence courses. Utterly invaluable.
Arcane Advisor is another great place to go, with more classified documents (AMORC’s Neophyte, zelator, ipsissimus Lectures) here than any other site I know. So if you have a Kindle and a bit of spare time you can find more Hidden secrets in a few days than perhaps a whole lifetime of hap hazardly perusing amazon or the local Water-stones.
If you ever wanted to know more about the the inner sanctum of a modern mystery school – you cant get much closer than this.