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.     


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