The Alchemist

You know who knows how to communicate the meaning in the mess? Paolo Coelho via The Alchemist. I just reread The Alchemist for my book club book this month and was amazed by the nuggets of wisdom all over again. Here are my top 5 quotes for this reread:

Fantastic Book Club Choice
Fantastic Book Club Choice
  1. “Fear evaporates when we understand that our life story and the history of the world were written by the same hand.”
  2. “I learned that the world has a soul, and that whoever understands that soul can also understand the language of things.”
  3. “He looked around at the empty plaza again, feeling less desperate than before. This wasn’t a strange place; it was a new one.”
  4. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
  5. “But, above all, I learned that these things are all so simple that they could be written on the surface of an emerald.”
Mind grenade: The Alchemist was written in only 2 weeks!  It has sold over 150 million copies in over 80 different languages. That is sifting through the meaning in the mess at an incredible rate and then going on to share it so widely with the world. Something great to which to aspire.