The Alchemist is an easy story with a deep message. It is a message to follow your heart and search for your dreams. The book is about a young man named Santiago who lives in Spain and works as a shepherd. He begins to have strange dreams so he goes to a Gypsy to find out what they mean. The Gypsy tells him that he needs to go to the Egyptian pyramids to find his treasure. Of course he does not believe her. But later he meets another person who tells him the same thing. At last Santiago decides to give up his life as a shepherd and go find his treasure.
The Alchemist was originally written in Portuguese by Paulo Coelho, a Brazilian author. It has been translated into many languages, including, of course, English. It is a good book for people who are learning English because most of the sentences are fairly short and you will recognize a lot of the vocabulary. There are definitely words you will not know at first, but with a little patience and study you should be able to finish (and maybe enjoy) the book. And hopefully you will be able to follow your dreams as well.
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Paulo Coelho's beloved and internationally popular short fable, The Alchemist, reveals the spiritual quest as a process of following your dreams. Whenever we do this, the young protagonist discovers, we find the universe helps us. In this Values & Visions Guide, three short passages introduce key themes. They are followed by a brief synopsis of the story and questions for discussion and reflection.
" 'Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.'
The Alchemist is about finding your purpose and fulfilling your dreams. To find the meaning of life, you need to take the journey, learn, and grow to see and appreciate the treasures you already have.
The Alchemist is a novel written by Paulo Coelho and published in 1988. It follows the story of an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago, who embarks on a journey to find his hidden treasure at the Egyptian pyramids. Along the way, he learns valuable lessons about life from strangers, such as the importance of following his dreams and the power of human emotion. Through his journey, Santiago discovers that he is meant to pursue a destiny greater than what meets the eye and that true treasure can be found within.
"'Well, then why should I listen to my heart?' 'Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you, it will always be there inside you, repeating to you what you're thinking about life and the world.'"I believe that this quote is significant in not only this book, but everyone's lives. The quote is supposed to convey the point that your dreams will never die. Even if you aren't doing what you truly want to do in life, you will always hear the voice in the back of your head telling you what would make you truly happy. Additionally, this follows with the book because the boy is told to listen to his heart; furthermore, I believe this is because his heart will tell him what his true treasure really is.
I also chose this quote, I think that the quote talks about not doing something and then regretting not doing it for the rest of your life. The alchemist tells him that if he doesn't do what his heart is telling him to do then he will always wish that he had. That's at least how I interpreted it.
The quote I chose is "'But my heart is agitated,' the boy said. 'It has its dreams, it gets emotional, and it's become passionate over a woman of the desert. It asks things of me, and it keeps me from sleeping many nights, when I'm thinking about her.'" The reason I chose this quote is because it relates a lot to the Personal Legend. People are faced with making decisions and when people realize their Personal Legend, it is up to their heart to follow it. For example, the baker didn't follow his heart to travel and became a baker instead. The crystal merchant didn't follow his heart to go to Mecca, and Santiago the boy followed his heart to travel across the desert and meeting the girl. The heart controls your emotions.
"'Why do we have to listen to our hearts?' the boy asked, when they had made camp that day. 'Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you'll find your treasure.' 'But my heart is agitated,' the boy said. 'It has its dreams, it gets emotional, and it's become passionate over a woman of the desert. It asks things of me, and it keeps me from sleeping many nights, when I'm thinking about her.' 'Well that's good. Your heart is alive. Keep listening to what it has to say'" (132-133). I think that this quote means to follow your heart because your dreams and what you really want, whether it's to achieve something physical or mentally, you can do it. It's basically that cliche saying to follow your heart. But in this story, it takes more of a meaning because the boy wants to find the treasure. When the alchemist says that wherever his heart is, that's where he'll find his treasure, I think he's saying that the journey, his traveling, will be the treasure. I chose this quote because I liked how it encourages him to keep following his heart and making his own decisions.
" well, that's good. Your heart is alive. Keep listening to what it has to say."I think that it really has a true meaning to it. I think that no matter what other people tell you that you should always listen to your heart. If you don't you won't ever be happy. If you don't listen to your heart you won't ever be able to follow your dreams. Listening to your heart makes you who you are.
"That makes sense," the alchemist answered. "Naturally it's afraid that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you've won." "Well, then, why should I listen to my heart?" "Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you, it will always be there inside you, repeating to you what you're thinking about life and about the world." (page 133)This passage is talking about being afraid to fulfill your dream because you're worried that you might not be able to do it, and then having to force yourself to continue because you know that you will regret not having done it. A lot of what the alchemist says revolves around regretting something that you never did. They talk about their heart wanting them to do something, to fulfill their personal legend, and how the fear of not being able to do it is what's going to keep them going. The alchemist tells him that if he doesn't do what his heart is telling him then he's going to regret it for the rest of his life. I chose it because I think that it's interesting and it's kind of something you'd want to have in your brain to remind you to try to kind of push yourself to doing what you really want to do.
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity" (pg 134). I decided to choose this quote because I though that it was not only very significant to this portion of the book, as well as the entirety of it, but it also pertains to the "real world" and everyday life. Throughout the book the boy struggles with battling back and forth between his common sense and his dream. He struggles to make peace with the idea of making a new life and taking risks, because it means risking losing everything he has gained. Thus, I felt that this quote represented perfectly his battle between heart and mind.
"People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don't deserve them, or that they'll be unable to achieve them. . . . Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself." (134)I chose this quote because I completely agree with it. I relate to it a lot, and it's something I need to consider in life. I think this quote means exactly what it says. That dreams can sometimes be extremely hard to pursue. Sometimes hard enough to completely avoid for your entire life, just because you may be afraid of them. However, if you don't pursue your dreams, you can suffer your whole life because your heart will always want you to go and do what you want to do. If you pursue them, you never know what could happen.
"Why don't people's hearts tell them to continue to follow their dreams?" The boy asked the alchemist. "Because that's what makes the heart suffer most, and hearts don't like to suffer." (136)This quote made me questions many things. Such as, has my heart stopped telling me to follow my dreams? Can this be reversed or is the dream lost forever? If we stop listening to our hearts then our heart becomes quite; the dream is lost. The push and drive for the dream is gone. I feel this means that if we let other things take over, our heart is forced into silence. The boy must listen to his heart or others things with take over his life. His heart will be forced to be quiet and forget about the dream. The heart is forced to forget just as the boy, so it no longer has to suffer. We must always listen to our dreams deep down, or they are lost forever.
" Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when t goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity" (134)I chose this quote due to the way that it talks about the heart and how the fear of suffering is worse than fear itself. That relates to a lot of things of life and to many different aspects of life. It goes to show that when you try and follow something that you want it will end up rewarding you in some way at the end. 2b1af7f3a8