The Alchemist

Book Review of “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho

After years of meaning to (and buying a few copies), I’ve finally read The Alchemist.  It’s been said that you often come across things when you’re ready or when you need it most.  At any time in my life, I probably would have enjoyed the story and the words of wisdom found within these pages. But the timing of reading this couldn’t have been better, as I continue to rebuild my life and pursue my dreams. 

Brief summary 

After having the same dream twice, a shepherd boy (who loves to travel), sets out on a journey to realize his “personal legend,” or his life’s goal. 


I love good stories, quotes, and words of wisdom and this book has all of these things. But it’s also a book that reaches the reader on a deeper level, stirring you and reminding you to always listen to your heart and to search out your own personal legend.   Five out of five stars and if you haven’t picked up this book, I strongly recommend you to do so. 🙂

Some of my favorite quotes from the novel

“Tell your heart that the feared suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams…”

“Every search beings with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.”

“…when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

“…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.”

“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 you have it….it’s never too late or too early to chase your dreams. So, go do it. 😉

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