The World's Biggest Lie

I'm re-reading The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho.

Yep. That's right. It's so good I'm reading it a second time. Generally, doesn't the word Alchemist just inspire the shit outta you? It's so mysterious, and exquisite, and exotic.... anyways. There's a wicked quote so far that's worth sharing.

In this passage, the shepherd boy, Santiago, is talking to The King of Salem:

"Hmm..." said the old man, looking at all sides of the book, as if it were some strange object. "This is an important book, but it's really irritating."

The boy was shocked. The old man knew how to read, and had already read the book. And if the book was irritating, as the old man had said, the boy still had time to change it for another.

"It's a book that says the same thing almost all the other books in the world say," continued the old man. "It describes people's inability to choose their own destinies. And it ends up saying that everyone believes the world's greatest lie."

"What's the world's greatest lie?" the boy asked, completely surprised.

"It's this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That's the world's greatest lie."

le. Roi


  1. Love the Alchemist. Do you own it / can I borrow it for a re-read when you're done?


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