Influential # 10: Paulo Coelho

2:27 PM Michael Etienne Edwards 0 Comments

Paulo Coelho is the author of one of my favorite books in the world called: The Alchemist. And it's literally all over the world translated into an astonishing 71 different languages with 40,000,000 copies sold. It's inspired so many different, movies and authors, and quite obviously myself. (The movie Season of Good Rain / A Good Rain Knows When to Come is very based on this book). It's a story about a boy traveling for a treasure, seeking a personal legend, and being rewarded in his quest -And ultimately the universe is rewarded as well. The world is on your side, just as long as you are. And there are of course the typical things that make a book with reading: love at first sight, globe trekking, and a happy ending. It's an amazing book. I feel like it helps your soul to grow. A true elixir. I'll always be grateful for being forced to read this book in World Literature in high school. I couldn't believe how good it was I told my professor. My best wishes to all your journeys! Continue to really, truly, follow your heart, and let your destiny/legend bloom. Life is much deeper than the sea and more beautiful than any gold an alchemist can make.  Blog / Twitter

My Heart Is Afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky."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."