Sometimes we write… We write because we want to.. We love to… Because we cannot keep those words inside any more… And we don’t  know, and actually we don’t think about, what happens next..

This book… After it’s been written… After it’s been published.. After I took it in my hands, and after my eyes begin holding all those words and tranferring those in my heart; changed my life… I was at a point where my heart was aching with the fear of the unknown, and the dream of a whole- lived life….At the age of 16, as I finished the book, I decided that a life lived is better than a life wasted… And just decided to go with my heart, whereever it takes me.

Anyway…. those lines I think my decition makers in life. And I will always be grateful to the ones who lived a live, who are brave enough to live a life in the search of their truth and their heart’s desire…

Hope you like the lines that little me underlined.-)

Banu

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* Dreams are the language of God.When he speaks in our language I can interpret you what he has said.But if he speaks in the language of the soul,it is only you who can understand .

* People say strange things,the boy thought.Sometimes it is better to be with the sheep ,who don’t say anything.

* Everyone ,when they are young,knows what their destiny is.

At that point in their lives ,everything is clear and everything is possible.They are not afraid to dream,and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives.But,as time passes ,a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their destiny.

It is a force that appears to be negative,but actually shows you how to realize your destiny.It prepares your spirit and your will,because 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  is originated in the soul of the universe.It’s your mission on earth.

The Soul of the World is nourished by people’s happiness.And also unhappiness,envy and jealousy.To realize one’s destiny is a person’s real obligation.All things are one.

And when you want something ,all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

* It’s good that you’ve learned that everthing in life has its price.This is what Warriors of Light try to teach.

* We wept sometimes.We wept because God was unfair,and because this was the way God repaid those who believed in their dreams.

* Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.

* People need not to fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want.

We are afraid to lose what we have ,whether it is our life or possessions and property.But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.

* When you want something with all your heart that’s when you are closest to the Soul of the World.It’s always a positive force.

* Why do they make things so complicated??

”So that those who have the responsibility for understanding can understand” he said..”Imagine if everybody went around transforming lead into gold.Gold would lose its value.”

”It’s only those who are persistant ,and willing to study things deeply,who achieve the Master’s work.”

* I don’t live in either my past or my future.I’m interested only in the present.If you can concentrate always on the present ,you’ll be,a happy man.You’ll see that there is life in the desert,that there are stars in the heavens,and that tribes men fight because they are part of the human race.Life will be a part for you , a grand festival,because life is the moment we’re living right now.

* Because people become fascinated with pictures and words,and wind up forgetting the Language of the World. 

* The closer he got the realization of his dream,the more difficult things became.It seemed as if what the old king called ”Beginners Luck” were no longer functioning.In his pursuit of the dream ,he was being constantly subjected to tests of his persistance and courage.So he could not be hasty,nor impatiant.If he pushed impulsively,he would fail to see the signs and omes left by God along his path.

* He had been told by his parents and grandparents that he must fall in love and really know a person before becoming committed.But maybe people who felt that way had never learned the universal language.Because ,when you know that language ,it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you,whether it’s in the middle of the desert or some great city.And when two such people encounter each other,and their eyes meet,the past and the future become unimportant.There is only that moment ,and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by the same hand only.It is the hand that evokes in the world.Without such love ,one’s dreams would have no meaning.

* I’m a desert woman and I’m proud of that.I want my husband to wander as free as the wind that shapes the dunes.And,if I have to,I will accept the fact that he has become a part of the clouds ,and the animals and the water of the desert.

* He followed the movement of the birds,trying to read something into it.Maybe these desert birds could explain him the meaning of love without ownership.

* To die tomorrow was no worse than dying any other day.Every day was there to be lived or to mark one’s departure from this world.

* ”I had to test your courage ” the stranger said.”Courage is the quality most essential to understand the Language of the World.”

* You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny.If he abandons that pursuit,it’s because it wasn’t true love…the love that speaks the Language of the World.

* One is loved because one is loved.No reason is needed for loving.

* Her eyes were filled with tears..

”You’re crying??”

”I’m a woman of the desert,”she said,averting her face.”But above all,I’m a woman”

* Don’t ever think about what you have left behind.

* There is only one way to learn.It’s through the action.

* The wise men understood that this natural world is only an image and a copy of paradise.The existance of this world is simply a guarantee that there exist a world that is perfect.God created the world so that,through its visible objects ,men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of his wisdom.That’s what I mean by action.

* ”Listen to your heart.It knows all things,because it came from the Soul of the World,and it will one day return there.”

It is not easy to do;in earlier times ,his heart had always been ready to tell his story,but lately that wasn’t true.There had been times when his heart spent hours telling of its sadness,and at other times it became so emotional over the desert sunrise that the boy had to hide his tears.

”Why do we have to listen to our hearts??” The boy asked.

”Because ,whereever your heart is ,that is where you’ll find your treasure.”

”My heart is a traidor”The boy said.”He doesn’t want me to go on”

”That makes sence ”the alchemist answered.”naturally it’s afraid that,in pursuing your dream,you might lose everything you’ve won.”

”Well,then,why should I listen to my heart??”

”Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet.Even if you pretent not to have heard what it tells you,it will always be there inside you,repeating to you what you’re thinking about life and the world.”

”You mean I should listen even if it’s treasonous?”

”Treason is a blow that comes unexpectedly.If you know your heart well,it will never be able to do that to you.Because you’l know its dreams and wishes,and will know how to deal with them.You will never be able to escape from your heart.So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.That way ,you’ll never have to fear an unanticipated blow.”

* ”People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams,because they feel they don’t deserve them,or that they’ll be unable to achieve them.We,their hearts,become fearful just thinking of loved ones who go away forever,or of moments that could have been good but weren’t,or of treasures that might have been found but were forever hidden in the sand.Because,when these things happen,we suffer terribly.”

”My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer..”the boy said.

”Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.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”

”Every second of the search is an encouter with God” the boy told his heart.”When I have been truly searching for my treasure,everyday has been luminous,because I’ve known that every hour was a part of the dream that I would find it.When I have been truly searching for my treasure,I’ve discovered things along the way that I never would have seen had I not had the courage to try things that seemed impossible for a shepherd to achieve.”

* ”Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him.We ,people ‘s hearts ,seldom say much abot those treasure,because people no longer want to go in search of them.We speak of them only to children .Later,we simply let life proceed ,in its own direction,toward its own fate.But,unfortunately ,very few follow their destinies,and to happiness.Most people see the world as a treatening place,and because they do,the world turns out,indeed,to be a treatening place.

So,we,their hearts,speak more and more softly.We never stop talking ,but we begin to hope that our words won’t be heard ;we don’t want people to suffer because they don’t follow their hearts.”

”Why don’t people’s hearts tell them to continue to follow their dreams??”

”Because that’s what makes a heart suffer most,and hearts don’t like to suffer.”

From then on ,the boy understood his heart.He asked it,please,never stop speaking to him.He asked that,when he wandered far from his dreams his heart press him and sound the alarm.The boy swore that,everytime he heard the alarm,he would heed his message.

* Before a dream is realized ,the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way.It does this not because it is evil,but so that we can,in addition to realizing our dreams,master the lessons we’ve learned as we’re moved towards the dream.That’s the point at which most people give up.It’s the point at which,one dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.

Every search begins with beginner’s luck.And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.Always the darkest hour of the night came just before the dawn.

* When you possess great treasures within you,and try to tell others of them,seldom are you believed.

* 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.

* Usually the threat of death makes people a lot more aware of their lives.

* This is what we call love.When you are loved,you can do anything in creation.When you are loved,there’s no need to understand what’s happening,because everthing happens within you,and even men can turn themselves into the wind.As long as the wind helps of course.

* It’s true that everthing has its destiny,but one day that destiny will be realized.So each thing has to transform itself into something better,and to acquire a new destiny,until,the Soul of the World becomes one thing only.

This is why alchemy exists.So that everyone will search for his treasure ,find it,and then want to be better than he was in his former life.Lead will play its role until the world has no further need for leed;and then lead will have to turn himself into gold.

That’s what alchemists do.They show that ,when we strive to become better than we are,everthing around us becomes better,too.

* Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World .When I first reached through to it,I thought the Soul of the World was perfect.But later,I could see that it was like other aspects of creation,and had its own passions and wars.It is we who nourish the Soul of the World,and the world we live in will be better or worse,depending on whether we become better or worse.And that’s where the power of love comes in.Because when we love,we always strive to become better than we are.

* He could see that not the deserts,nor the winds,nor the sun,nor people knew why they had been created.

* ”Thank you” said the boy.” You thought me the Language of the World”

”I only invoked what you already knew.”

* No matter what he does ,every person plays a central role in the history of the world.And normally,he doesn’t know it.

* It’s true;life is really generous to those who persue their destiny .

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho