In this single galaxy of ours there are eighty-seven thousand million suns. [...] in challenging it, you would be like ants attempting to label and classify all the grains of sand in all the deserts of the world. [...] it is a bitter thought, but you must face it. the planets you may one day possess. but the stars are not for man.
The 8th habit, then, is not about adding one more habit to the 7 - one that somehow got forgotten. it's about seeing and harnessing the power of a third dimension to the 7 habits that meets the central challenge of the new knowledge worker age. the 8th habit is to find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.
The question of place and climate is most closely related to the question of nutrition. nobody is free to live everywhere; and whoever has to solve great problems that challenge all his strength actually has a very restricted choice in this matter. the influence of climate on our metabolism, its retardation, its acceleration, goes so far that a mistaken choice of place and climate can not only estrange a man from his task but can actually keep it from him: he never gets to see it.
All that mattered was that he was adrian, my adrian. my match. my partner in crime, in the long battle i’d just signed on for to right the wrongs in the alchemist and moroi worlds. maybe marcus was right that i’d also signed myself up for disaster, but i didn’t care. in that moment, it seemed that as long as adrian and i were together, there was no challenge too great for us.