“Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure" (pg 132)
The quote explains that if you're close to your heart, you'll find your treasure, but if you ignore your heart, you will not find your treasure. You need to be willing to listen to your heart and through every tough time, you need to move closer to your heart.
“Because I don’t live in either the past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, You’ll be a happy man." (pg 87)
The quote is saying that the camel driver doesn't care what happened in the past, and what is coming up in the future. He is happy, so the advice that he is saying to Santiago is from experience and he is happy. He believes that everyone can become happy if you live in the present.
“In order to find the treasure, you will have to follow the omens. God has prepared a path for everyone to follow. You just have to read the omens that he left for you.” (pg 29)
The quote is saying that if your Personal Legend is already in your fate, If you follow these omens that will find your Personal Legend, and if you don't, then you will not find it. These omens will only come at one point in your life, so when these omens come, you have to follow them because the Personal Legend is your goal.
"That's the principle that governs all things, In alchemy it's called the Soul of the World. When you want something will all your heart, that's when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It's always a positive force." (pg 81)
The Soul of the World in alchemy is the thing that controls everything. If want something with everything you have, that means you want it more than anything else and you are going towards it. The Soul of the World will help you towards that goal, and it will happen because the Soul of the World is on your side
“There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.” (pg 129)
The alchemist knows that the way to learn is to have experience. Santiago's experience will help him through the rest of his journey. The actions that you take will give you experience throughout your journey, so doing action will get you through your journey
You must love the desert, but never trust it completely. Because the desert tests all men: It challenges every step, and kill those who become distracted." (pg 115)
To thrive in the desert like the Alchemist, you need to love the desert, but don't trust all of the parts of the desert. If you fully trust the desert and if you do something else other than loving the desert, It will punish you. The desert is a test of yourself and to thrive you need to beat every step, and to not get distracted. That is how to thrive in the desert
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