The World’s Greatest Lie

Originally Posted May 9, 2009

These are a few quotes from the most virtuous book I have ever read..It is titled The Alchemist, authored by Paulo Coelho. This book challenges one to reevaluate personal sentiments as it relates to the term coined ‘destiny’.

There are times when everything feels crystal clear. Possibilities seem immeasurable, boundless. For some (like myself), this plight tends to instinctively foil at the seams. Paradoxically, defeat comes more natural than one would have assumed. Years pass. The antithesis of character manifests. Perpetual affliction garners the soul. This has become the resort in which destiny is defined. I used to resent, and repudiate this notion. Now I live it..

The world’s greatest lie is this:

At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That is the world’s greatest lie.

There is one great truth on this planet: 

Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it is because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.

Your Personal Legend:

What you always wanted to accomplish. 

Other great quotes from The Alchemist, authored by Paulo Coehlo:

Once someone realizes their Personal Legend, all of the universe conspires in him reaching it.

To realize one’s Personal Legend is a person’s only real obligation.

People learn early in their lives what is their reason for being. Maybe that’s why they give up on it so early, too. But that’s the way it is.

People are capable at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.

Everything in life has its price.

A Shepard always takes his chances with wolves, and with drought. That’s what makes his life exciting.

Treasure is uncovered by the force of flowing water, and it is buried by the same currents.

He was between his flock and his treasure.He had to choose between something he had become accustomed to, and something he wanted to have.

If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it.

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