10 Best Quotes From “The Alchemist”

Syed Muhammad Khan
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2 min readJun 26, 2020


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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho narrates the adventure of an Andalusian shepherd named Santiago who embarks on a quest to fulfill his personal legend. The book advocates the pursuit of one’s dreams and dedicating one’s entire will to achieve one’s goals. In an expansive sea of negativity, this book is an isle of optimism and a source of inspiration for millions of readers worldwide.

Every page of the book is filled with valuable life lessons, and the superb storytelling keeps the reader hooked. I remember how the book captivated and inspired me. Here are my picks of best quotes from The Alchemist:

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.”

My Take

The best part of the book is that it does not attempt to preach, instead, the author makes the reader “see” his point. The mesmerizing tale is accentuated with the amalgamation of spiritual and progressive elements. It is more than an adventure tale, it is a map that leads people in their journey of self-exploration. The will to initiate is wanting in masses, but treasures like The Alchemist inspire people to create a positive change in their lives and society. When anyone asks me for my preference in fiction, the first name that pops in my mind is The Alchemist.



Syed Muhammad Khan

Muhammad is an SEO writing expert on UPWORK; here he showcases his work in lifestyle, science, and history niches, plus he republishes some of his old writings.