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Quotes from The Alchemist

If you've never read 'The Alchemist' By Paulo Coelho I recommend reading it due to its many inspirational messages. My previous post has the review for the book. This post has a list of ten quotes from the book in no particular order that I found very meaningful.

1. "Love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny.”

For me this means that if you love something so much than there is nothing that can stop you from achieving what you want. It doesn't mean that it will be easy to achieve your dream but at least it makes it worth it in the end to go through obstacles to achieve something that you love. 
2. "The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself… no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.”

All of us at one time or another have been afraid to do something risky. It's in our instincts to avoid something that might make things harder for us. The hardest part of starting something new is to take the first step and to follow thr…

The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist
By Paulo Coelho

BookMattic's Rating: 5/5

Goodreads’ Rating: 3.79/5

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
-Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist,”

Many people have mixed opinions about this book and that's because they go about reading it the wrong way. The majority of people read this as a self help book or an inspirational book, but for me, I read it purely as fiction and took the messages of ‘life’, the suggestions and advice that were spread throughout the book as only part of the whole story. Nonetheless the messages had a great impact on the way I think about my goals and happiness.

The story is about a ‘boy’, who is really actually a young man I believe, named Santiago from Spain. He works as a shepherd leading his sheep around trying to learn from them by watching. During the night he has a reoccurring dream that tells him he has a treasure waiting for him close to the pyramids of Egypt. He has some doubts about this dream so he goes …

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen
By Victoria Aveyard

BookMattic's Rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads’ Rating: 4.11/5

Step into a world in the far future where the human race has been split into Red and Silver, where Reds are normal people like you and I but live in poverty and are slaves to the ‘Godlike’ Silvers who have special abilities such as being able to shoot fire out of your hands or being able to move anything that is metal with your mind, kind of like Magneto in X-Men. They're not called Red and Silver just for the heck of it, Reds have red blood and Silvers have silver blood.

In Red Queen the main character, Mare Barrow and her family live in a suburb called the stilts. It's basically the ghettos where all the Reds live just outside one of the many bustling Silver cities where life is luxurious. Mare, her three brothers and one sister and the rest of the Reds live two purposes, either they serve as servants to the Silvers doing specific jobs, or get conscripted at the age of 18 to fight in a war with…

The Places In Between by Rory Stewart

The Places In Between
By Rory Stewart

BookMattic's Rating: 4.5/5
Goodreads' Rating: 3.87/5

The Places In Between brings you to a world that you never knew existed. The author, Rory Stewart sets out on a journey across Asia on foot and at all costs he avoids any other type of transportation. 

The story centers around Rory's walk across Afghanistan following in the exact footsteps of Afghanistan's first Mughal Emperor named Babur. All in all taking place at the beginning of the American invasion in 2002 which made his travels more intense than it would have normally been at any other time. His purpose of walking months across Afghanistan was to document the culture after the Taliban leaders got brought down and the new government gradually getting set in place. 

This is not just a story or an anthropological telling of culture, although it does have some excerpts from Babur's diary spread throughout the book in not such a logical order or sometimes seeming a little out of …