Even though it was not an instant success after being published, The Alchemist eventually became a best-selling self-help book.

Often referred to as “a wonderful tale, a metaphor of life” or a “charming story”, the novel written by Paulo Coelho was translated into more than 70 languages.

The book tells the story of an Andalusian shepherd boy who starts a journey in search of a worldly treasure at the Egyptian pyramids after having a recurring dream – a prophecy, as a Romani fortune-teller interprets it. The young shepherd’s adventure ends with him finding more riches than he ever hoped for.

The Alchemist’s main theme is finding one’s destiny. The whole journey teaches us to follow our hearts and dreams; we should always seize the opportunities life offers in the pursuit of whatever makes us happy. It’s a novel that inspired people all over the world.

Here are 24 The Alchemist quotes to help you live your dreams:


And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.

We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.

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

Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.

This is what we call love. When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there’s no need at all to understand what’s happening, because everything happens within you.

And, when you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.


You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.

The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.

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


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

If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work towards getting it.

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

People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.

There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.

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

It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.

We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.

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.

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.

Because true love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny.

Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life.

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.