alchemy notes

p. 58 every blessing ignored becomes a curse

p. 70 universal language written with the words luck and coincidence

p. 74 the boy was beginning to understand that intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it’s all written there.

p. 87 Because people become fascinated with pictures and words, and wind up forgetting the language of the world

p. 78 “That’s the principle that governs all things,” he said.  “In alchemy, it’s called the soul of the world.  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.”  (my ital)

p. 103 And God only rarely reveals the future.  When he does so, it is for only one reason:  it’s a future that was written so as to be altered.

P. 130 Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.

from Coehlo’s The Alchemist

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