This is not the first time we have introduced to the idea that action and observation are the best ways to learn about the world and oneself. The meaning of the this quote also highlights a truth we already know about the real purpose of any quest story: self knowledge and discovery. It is only through Santiago’s actions that he learns what he needs to know to realize his dreams. In the same way, we learn lessons from everything we do in life. This quote call us to learn about the world by experiencing it. This quote states a very easy to understand truth about life, that it is in experiencing and taking part in something that you really learn about it, whatever it is.