Reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has taught me:
+ Wanting to know the world is so much more important than knowing G-d and learning about man's sins.
+ To sleep the same place every night of your life is a burden.
+ Other cities and other lovers offers us other opportunities to be happy.
+ The world is huge and inexhaustible.
+ It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.
+ Being too consumed from the judgement of others leads to an unfulfilled life.
+ We sometimes feel bitter and distrustful of people because one person has betrayed us.
+ We must think of ourselves as adventurers looking for treasure.
+ Self-contentment trumps money and riches - "This candy merchant isn't making candy so he can later travel or marry a shopkeeper's daughter. He's doing it because it's what he wants to do."
+ The bad tends to accentuate the good. "Maybe G-d created the desert so that man could appreciate the date trees."
+ Usually the threat of death makes people a lot more aware of their lives.
+ "No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it."