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Book #32 - The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Aug. 25th, 2007 | 09:49 am

I read this book because my friend italianina recommended it to me. Coelho is her favorite author, altho I believe she reads most of his stuff in Spanish. The book itself was okay, I'd give it three out of five stars. I don't really like the story, but the writing is amazingly profound at times. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

"Making a decision [is] only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision" (71).

"The closer one gets to realizing his destiny, the more that destiny becomes his true reason for being" (75).

"If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings an eternity" (108).

"If a person is living out his destiny, he knows everything he needs to know. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure" (149).

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