Just a few lines i liked from Paulo Coelho's The Fifth Mountain. Damn good book BTW. Must read if you liked The Alchemist ::
1) When you want something with all your heart, the entire universe conspires to help you acheive it.
2) Merely be attentive to what happens in your life, and you will discover where, every moment of the day, he hides his words & his will. Seek to do as he asks; this alone is the reason you are in the world.
3) Often good is disguised as evil, but it goes on being the good & is part of the plan that he created for humanity.
4) A warrior is always aware of what is worth fighting for. He does not go into combat over things that do not concern him, and he never wastes time over provocations.
A warrior accepts defeat. He doesnt treat it as a matter of indiffernce nor does he attempt to transform it into a victory. The pain of defeat is bitter to him. He suffers at indifference and becomes desperate with loneliness. After all this has passed, he licks his wounds and begins everything anew. A warrior knows that war is made of many battles; he goes on. Tragedies do happen. We can discover the reason, blame others, imagine how different our lives would be had they not occured. But none of that is important, they did not occur, & so be it. From their onward we must put aside the fear that they awoke in us & begin to re-build.