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Inspired by The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


People have been telling me to read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho for years, and I always knew that I wanted to read it, but something made me put it off.  I finally read it, and I honestly don’t know why I didn’t read it sooner.  It is such a heartwarming, thought provoking, and inspiring story.  As an actor, you always have people telling you that your dreams are crazy, or unrealistic, and sometimes it is hard to deal with.  I am very lucky to have the most supportive family, who have never once questioned my decision to become a performer.  One of my favorite quotes my mom tells me all the time is:

“If people aren’t laughing at your dreams, then they’re not big enough.”

The Alchemist just helped to reinforce that I am on the right path, and I think it is a book that everyone should read, regardless of where you are in life.  I know I am late to the party on this one, but I am so happy that I finally experienced the magic of this book.  While reading, I wrote down a few of the quotes that really resonated with me and I wanted to share them here.

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

“I’m like everyone else- I see the world in terms of what I would like to see happen, not actually what does.”

“This wasn’t a strange place; it was a new one.”

“When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”

“The secret is here in the present.  If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it.  And if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.”

“You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny.  If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t true love.”

Do you have any quotes from this magical novel that spoke to you?  What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments ❤

5 thoughts on “Inspired by The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

  1. I’m so happy you enjoyed this book! It has been my favorite since I read it last year. It is a very inspiring book. My favorite quote is:
    “If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it.” I have others too, but this one just really stuck out to me.


  2. Paulo Coelho is a fantastic author. I enjoyed his book “Veronika Decides To Die” the most of his works that I have read. “The Alchemist” though is one of those books, like you said, everyone should read. It is so empowering and thought-provoking. I don’t have a favorite quote from the book because the entire thing is so magical.


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