By: Paulo Coelho
HarperOne; Anniversary edition (April 15, 2014)
The Alchemist is a beautiful novel about fate, following your dreams, and classic persistence. The story is of a young shepherd named Santiago. Should he continue his easy life, or pursue what he has always dreamed of doing? Was it fate either way? Maybe the destiny was in the journey? I hope we all have the audacity to chase our dreams like children would. And I hope we fall in love with the story told by our days.
Two of my favorite quotes:
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 boy 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 realize their Personal Legend.”