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Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman's books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists--men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the "Soul of the World." Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy's misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. "My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself," the alchemist replies. "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." --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I'm at no words how much this book means to me. It was worth the buy. Worth the read, yes.Published 2 hours ago by CC
This is the best book I read in my life. I offered it to many of my family and friends. I recommand it to everybodyPublished 4 hours ago by K J P
Needed it for a lit class and didn't expect to like it at all simply because a teacher had picked it out for the class to read. One of the best books I have read in a while.Published 22 hours ago by jessica
My daughter had to read this book for a class. I read it too. The book was ok it's just not the type of book I read for entertainmentPublished 1 day ago by fivejammers
Paulo Coelho is an amazing writer, he weaves together such simplistic moments giving you the power to accept what you can and change your perception entirely.Published 1 day ago by Ashley
one of the best inspirational bookyou motivate you to do something good and positiveyou pushyou push you to learn something in to go ex dramaPublished 1 day ago by chapi
The book was easy to follow, riveting, and deep.Coelho definitely teaches people to follow their dreams no matter what, while using God as a major theme throughout the book. Read morePublished 1 day ago by A. Boateng
I borrowed a friends copy and decided I wanted one as it is relevant to me and I am now able to lend it to friends too.Published 1 day ago by littleredrose50
The author has taken the fears that stop us from reaching our goals and have displayed it in the most simplest of circumstance. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Interesting but disappointed