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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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I so enjoyed The Alchemist. I read it in 2 days and passed it to my husband. It's inspiring/the kind of book we need more of these days! 5 stars for me!!!!Published 3 hours ago by Rita Whitten
An amazing book. I hope it will help you along your journey as it has me along mine. Happy hunting!Published 9 hours ago by TJ
I wished I read this book years ago. As I turned 41 I found that I am on a personal journey and there are things that I want and need to accomplish before my passing. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Iam Matirio
Lovely story with a beautiful moral. Certainly made my long plane journey more pleasurable.Published 16 hours ago by Steven Howard
I would recommend this book to all young adults, particularly those who have fallen or think they have fallen in love. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Albirda Rose /
I love stuff like this - it really motivates you to pursue your dreams! A lot of the points really hit home too. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Malcolm