He recognized that he was feeling something he had never experienced before: the desire to live in one place forever.
They worked hard just to have food and water, like the sheep.
And dreams are the language of God. "It's what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny is. "And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
"If you start out by promising what you don't even have yet, you'll lose your desire to work toward getting it."
Here I am, between my flock and my treasure, the boy thought. He had to choose between something he had become accustomed to and something he wanted to have.
'The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.' A shepherd may like to travel, but he should never forget about his sheep.
whoever has money is never really alone.
But the old king hadn't said anything about being robbed, or about endless deserts, or about people who know what their dreams are but don't want to realize them.
The old king hadn't told him that the Pyramids were just a pile of stones, or that anyone could build one in his backyard.
The closer one gets to realizing his destiny, the more that destiny becomes his true reason for being, thought the boy.
When you want something with all your heart, that's when you are closest to the Soul of the World.
Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we're living right now.
It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the Master Work.
"It's not what enters men's mouths that's evil," said the alchemist. "It's what comes out of their mouths that is."
"There is only one way to learn," the alchemist answered. "It's through action.
Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey. You need to learn only one thing more." "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, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity."
"Why don't people's hearts tell them to continue to follow their dreams?" the boy asked the alchemist. "Because that's what makes a heart suffer most, and hearts don't like to suffer."
"Every search begins with beginner's luck. And every search ends with the victor's being severely tested." The boy remembered an old proverb from his country. It said that the darkest hour of the night came just before the dawn.
"You already know about alchemy. It is about penetrating to the Soul of the World, and discovering the treasure that has been reserved for you."
The boy told himself that, on the way toward realizing his own destiny, he had learned all he needed to know, and had experienced everything he might have dreamed of.