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“This is a test to see if your mission in this life is complete, if you are alive, it isn't.”
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
“There’s no disaster that can’t become a blessing, and no blessing that can’t become a disaster.”
Richard Bach, One
“The gull sees farthest who flies highest”
Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
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“Have you ever felt so at one with the world, with the universe, with everything that is, that you were overcome with love? That is reality. That is the truth. What we make of it is up to us, as the painting of the sunrise is up to the artist. In our world humanity has strayed from that love. It lives hatred and power struggles and manipulations of the earth itself for its own narrow reasons. Continue and no one will see the sunrise. The sunrise will always exist, of course, but people on earth will know nothing of it and finally even stories of its beauty will fade from our knowing.”
Richard Bach, One
“You seek problems because you need their gifts.”
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
“Heaven is not a place, and it's not a time. Heaven is being perfect.”
Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
“Jonathan Seagull discovered that boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that a gull's life is so short, and with those gone from his thought, he lived a long fine life indeed.”
Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
“It doesn’t take time to change once you understand the problem...Somebody hands you a rattlesnake, it doesn’t take long to drop it, does it?”
Richard Bach, One
“The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.”
Richard Bach
“Next to ‘God’, ‘love’ is the word most mangled in every language.”
Richard Bach, The Bridge Across Forever: A True Love Story
“Get this in mind early: We never grow up.”
Richard Bach
“An easy life doesn't teach us anything. In the end it's the learning that matters: what we've learned and how we've grown”
Richard Bach, One
“He spoke of very simple things- that it is right for a gull to fly, that freedom is the very nature of his being, that whatever stands against that freedom must be set aside, be it ritual or superstition or limitation in any form.

"Set aside," came a voice from the multitude, "even if it be the Law of the Flock?"

"The only true law is that which leads to freedom," Jonathan said. "There is no other.”
Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
“if you argue for your limitations they are yours”
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
“Character comes from following our highest sense of right, from trusting ideas without being sure they’ll work.”
Richard Bach, One
“Live never to be ashamed if anything you do or say is published around the world -- even if what is published is not true.”
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
“The world is a dream, you say, and it’s lovely, sometimes. Sunset. Clouds. Sky.”

“No. The image is a dream. The beauty is real. Can you see the difference?”
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
“Choose a love and work to make it true, and somehow, something will happen, something you couldn’t plan, will come along to move like to like, to set you loose, to set you on the way to your next brick wall.”
Richard Bach, Running from Safety: An Adventure of the Spirit
“Why, Jon, why?" his mother asked. "Why is it so hard to be like the rest of the flock, Jon? Why can't you leave low flying to the pelicans, the alhatross? Why don't you eat? Son, you're bone and feathers!" "I don't mind being bone and feathers mom. I just want to know what I can do in the air and what I can't, that's all. I just want to know.”
Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
“nobody means to get carried away in mediocrity, but it happens, it happens unless you think about everything you do, unless you make every choice the best one you know how to make.”
Richard Bach, One
“The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. We live in denial of what we do, even what we think. We do this because we're afraid.We fear we will not find love,and when we find it we fear we'll lose it. We fear that if we don't have love we will be unhappy.”
Richard Bach
“Amazing. You were so attached to it, and it still disappeared for you."
“Attached! I was whocking that cloud with everything I had! Fireballs, laser beams, vacuum cleaner a block high...”
“Negative attachments, Richard. If you really want to remove a cloud from your life, you do not make a big production out of it, you just relax and remove it from your thinking. That’s all there is to it.”
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
“When we put up with any situation we don’t have to put up with, it’s not because we’re dumb. We put up with it, because we want the lesson only that situation can teach, and we want it more than freedom myself.”
Richard Bach, Running from Safety: An Adventure of the Spirit
“How easy it is to be compassionate when it's yourself you see in trouble.”
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
“Any powerful idea is absolutely fascinating and absolutely useless until we choose to use it.”
Richard Bach, One
“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.”
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
“Don't turn away from possible futures before you're certain you don't have anything to learn from them.”
Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
“One school is finished, and the time has come for another to begin.”
Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
“The simplest things are often the truest.”
Richard Bach
“Part of us is always the observer, and no matter what, it observes. It watches us. It does not care if we are happy or unhappy, if we are sick or well, if we live or die. It’s only job is to sit there on our shoulder and pass judgment on whether we are worthwhile human beings.”
Richard Bach, The Bridge Across Forever: A True Love Story


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