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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
i really connected to the journey of the main character - inspirationalPublished 1 hour ago by kelleysulli
This was a good read, heard so much about it and was expecting much more. I think the ratings were overrated. The message was great!Published 2 hours ago by Anonymous A.
Glad I finally read this recommended book. The tone of this book tells us that even though we may experience set-backs, to never give up on your dreams because the universe is... Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Amazon Customer
It does incise you to follow your dreams. I'm not a huge fiction fan myself but this was pretty good.Published 3 hours ago by Kelly Reimers
So much can be learned from this book. It's a great experience of reading this bookPublished 4 hours ago by DongZhou
I shall seek until I find my personal legend. And I shall learn and enjoy the journey. Thanks for the motivation. I feel like going on...Published 7 hours ago by BFF
Wisdom is plentiful in this novel. If you're looking for inspiration, this story will deliver. Never stop striving to realize your dreams.Published 19 hours ago by derekeisenbrei