. “There is only one way to learn… It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey. You need to learn only one thing more.”
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One can go to school or listen to some smart dude as long as they wish. The only way to really comprehend life's lessons is by doing.
The Alchamist of course does not tell the boy what that one thing is, he starts talking about other stuff. Only the seeker can discover the answer.