What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World test everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon’.

Each human being must keep alight within him the sacred flame of madness, but behave like a normal person.

Por eso el guerrero jamás amenaza. Puede atacar, defenderse, o huir, cualquiera de estas actitudes forma parte del combate. Lo que no forma parte del combate es desperdiciar la fuerza de un golpe hablando sobre él.

Because I don’t live in either my 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. You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and that tribesmen fight because they are part of the human race. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.

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