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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.
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So many wonderful mantras! I will be revisiting this book many times for reminders! This book is a treasure trove full of essential lessons. Such an enjoyable and accessible read. Read morePublished 27 minutes ago by MV
Great book for folks who need a reminder about never giving up on your dreams and pressing forward in life's journey.
Thx Paulo C.
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
You may have heard of this book since it was released in 1988.
I was six. Read more
An amazing book I ever read .I didn't want to finish reading the book unfortunately you have to.
It's change my way of looking about people around me & everything little thing... Read more
A highly recommended book that's worth the read. Primary themes include overcoming fear and pursuing your personal dreams. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Kimberly Richardson
I read the interview with Paulo in Oprah magazine and was intrigued. I loved the book. It flowed so beautifully and had messages that spoke straight to your heart. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Tami Duncan