"I am a part of your dream, a part of your destiny. If you have to wait until the war is over, then wait. But if you want to go before then, go on in pursuit of your dreams. The dunes are changed by the wind, but the desert remains. That's the way it will be with our love for each other. If I am really a part of your dream, you'll come back someday."
"When he reached the top of the dune, his heart lept. There, illuminated by the light of the moon and the brightness of the desert, stood the solemn and majestic Pyramids of Egypt.
The boy fell to his knees and wept. He thanked God for making him believe in his destiny, and for leading him to meet a king, a merchant, an Englishman, and an alchemist. And above all for his having met a woman of the desert who had told him that love would never keep a man from his destiny.
If he wanted to, he could now return to the oasis, go back to Fatima, and live his life as a simple shepherd. The boy told himself, that on the way towards realizing his own destiny, he had learned all that he needed to know, and had experienced everything he might have dreamed of.
But here he was, at the point of finding his treasure, and he reminded himself, that no project is completed until its objective has been achieved."
All I can hope for is that when the time comes, and when my destiny calls out to me, let me have the courage to go follow my dreams, risking my flock, and my love... to find whatever I seek.
And while the book never says this, when I do find it, I hope it turns out to be worth all the effort that went into it :))