The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Michelle Hill
Student, MAP; alumna, BA

Here’s one of my favorite pages from this year’s favorite book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It can be found on page one twenty-nine.

“My heart is a traitor,” the boy said to the alchemist, when they had paused to rest the horses. “It doesn’t want me to go on.”

“That makes sense,” 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’ll never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend 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 about the the world.”

“You mean I should listen, even if it’s treacherous?”

“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’ll 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.”
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“The Chymistry of Isaac Newton.” William R. Newman, Professor, History of Science, Indiana University
Paulo Cohelo, writing in a global language. Alan Riding, New York Times
Cohelo’s books banned.

 

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