Alchemy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old alchemy quotes, alchemy sayings, and alchemy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

There is magic, but you have to be the magician. You have to make the magic happen. Sidney Sheldon
One man's "magic" is another man's engineering. Robert A. Heinlein
Learn the alchemy true human beings know. The moment you accept what troubles you've been given the door with open. Rumi
There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness. Pearl S. Buck
Magic is not a practice. It is a living, breathing web of energy that, with our permission, can encase our every action. Dorothy Morrison
Real magic can never be made by offering someone else's liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back. Peter S. Beagle
The real alchemy is transforming the base self into gold or into spiritual awareness. That's really what new alchemy's all about. Fred Alan Wolf
Scientists have calculated that the chances of something so patently absurd actually existing are millions to one. But magicians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten. Terry Pratchett
A little magic can take you a long way. Roald Dahl
Alchemy: In times of recession it's not wise to argue about the price of gold. Robin Sacredfire
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. Eden Phillpotts
The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words. William H. Gass
There is an alchemy of quiet malice by which women can concoct a subtle poison from ordinary trifles. Nathaniel Hawthorne
True magic is the art and science of changing states of mind at will. Douglas Monroe
Alchemy. The link between the immemorial magic arts and modern science. Humankind's first systematic effort to unlock the secrets of matter by reproducible experiment. John Ciardi
Alchemy is the art of manipulating life, and consciousness in matter, to help it evolve, or to solve problems of inner disharmonies. Jean Dubuis
Alchemy is the art of far and near, and I think poetry is alchemy in that way. It's delightful to distort size, to see something that's tiny as though it were vast Robert Morgan
Alchemy is really the secret tradition of the redemption of spirit from matter. Terence McKenna
Magic and all that is ascribed to it is a deep presentiment of the powers of science. The shoes of swiftness, the sword of sharpness, the power of subduing the elements, of using the secret virtues of minerals, of understanding the voices of birds, are the obscure efforts of the mind in a right direction. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The alchemy of life is to turn coins into cents, by making sense of change. Jennifer Sodini
Alchemy is about the generation of a psychic construct, a wholeness, a thing which has many properties, which is paradoxical, which is both mind and matter, which can do anything. Terence McKenna
We are master alchemists: We may not have discovered how to make gold out of lead, but we are able to make heaven out of hell, hell out of heaven, and purgatory out of nothing. Khang Kijarro Nguyen
At it's essence, art is an alchemical process. Alchemy is a process of transformation. Julia Cameron
You are an alchemist; make gold of that. William Shakespeare
The Alchemy's secret key is hidden in the laboratory of the man and woman. Samael Aun Weor
The secrets of alchemy exist to transform mortals from a state of suffering and ignorance to a state of enlightenment and bliss. Deepak Chopra
Chymia, or Alchemy and Spagyrism, is the art of resolving compound bodies into their principles and of combining these again. Georg Ernst Stahl
The real alchemy consists in being able to turn gold back again into something else; and that's the secret that most of your friends have lost. Edith Wharton
Alchemy is a kind of philosophy: a kind of thinking that leads to a way of understanding. Marcel Duchamp
Alchemy is the art that separates what is useful from what is not by transforming it into its ultimate matter and essence. Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus
Real magic is not about gaining power over others: it is about gaining power over yourself. Rosemary Ellen Guiley
The alchemy of a fight card is a mysterious thing. Even the most meticulous matchmaking can sometimes misfire. Katie Kitamura
True alchemy lies in this formula. Your memory and your senses are but the nourishment of your creative impulse. Arthur Rimbaud
The goal of astrology is the alchemy of personality. It is to transform chaos into cosmos, collective human nature into individual and creative personality. Dane Rudhyar
None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry. Edith Hamilton
The act of writing is the act of making soul, alchemy. Gloria E. Anzaldúa
The beautiful souls of the world have an art of saintly alchemy, by which bitterness is converted into kindness, the gall of human experience into gentleness, ingratitude into benefits, insults into pardon. Henri Frederic Amiel
Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision. Henry A. Kissinger
Concerning alchemy it is more difficult to discover the actual state of things, in that the historians who specialise in this field seem sometimes to be under the wrath of God themselves; for, like those who write of the Bacon-Shakespeare controversy or on Spanish politics, they seem to become tinctured with the kind of lunacy they set out to describe. Herbert Butterfield
Religion isn’t about believing things. It's ethical alchemy. It’s about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness. Karen Armstrong
Alchemy is the process of changing lead into gold. Inner alchemy (personal transformation) occurs when we clear our clutter—internal and external and let go of things that no longer serve us well. This creates balance and space, a place that nurtures contentment, which I believe is true success. Laurie Buchanan
Gratitude helps us stop trying to control outcomes. It is the key that unlocks positive energy in our life. It is the alchemy that turns problems into blessings, and the unexpected into gifts. Melody Beattie
The alchemist of the West has turned stone into glass But my alchemy has transmuted glass into flint Pharaohs of today have stalked me in vain. Muhammad Iqbal
Medicine rests upon four pillars philosophy, astronomy, alchemy, and ethics. Paracelsus
Although Alchemy has now fallen into contempt, and is even considered a thing of the past, the physicain should not be influenced by such judgements. Paracelsus
Many have said of Alchemy, that it is for the making of gold and silver. For me such is not the aim, but to consider only what virtue and power may lie in medicines. Paracelsus
This process is alchemy its founder is the smith Vulcan. Paracelsus
I like to use the term alchemy, which is the soul of the world, or those of Jung's collective unconscious. You connect with a space where everything is. Paulo Coelho
Awareness is the greatest alchemy there is. Just go on becoming more and more aware you will find your life changing for the better in every possible dimension. It will bring great fulfilment Rajneesh
Awareness is the greatest alchemy there is. Just go on becoming more and more aware you will find your life changing for the better in every possible dimension. It will bring great fulfilment Rajneesh
The sense of gratitude produces true spiritual alchemy, makes us magnanimous large souled. Sam Keen
Our music is our alchemy. Saul Williams
I have always looked upon alchemy in natural philosophy to be like enthusiasm in divinity, and to have troubled the world much to the same. Sir William Temple
Alchemy is really the secret tradition of the redemption of spirit from matter. Terence McKenna
Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable. Margot Fonteyn
Music is the strongest form of magic. Marilyn Manson
Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It’s a miracle, and the dance is a celebration of that miracle Martha Graham
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. Roald Dahl