Carlos Castaneda, fully Carlos César Salvador Arana Castaneda

Carlos
Castaneda, fully Carlos César Salvador Arana Castaneda
1931
1998

Peruvian-born American anthropologist and Mystical Author

Author Quotes

When a man decides to do something he must go all the way, but he must take responsibility for what he does. He must know first why he is doing it and then he must proceed with his actions with no doubts or remorse.

We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of effort is the same.

The thing to do when you're impatient is to turn to your left and ask advice from your death. It is always on our left, as at arm’s length. An immense amount of pettiness is dropped if your death makes a gesture to you, or if you have the feeling that your companion is there watching you. How can anyone feel so important when we know that death is stalking us? Death is the only wise advice that we have. When we feel that everything is going wrong, turn to your death and ask if that is so. Your death will tell you that you're wrong. That nothing really matters outside its touch. Ask death's advice and drop the cursed pettiness that belongs to men that live their lives as if death will never tap them... It doesn't matter what the decision is. Nothing could be more or less serious than anything else. In a world where death is the hunter there are no small or big decisions. There are only decisions we make in the face of our inevitable death.

The self-confidence of the warrior is not the self-confidence of the average man. The average man seeks certainty in the eyes of the onlooker and calls that self-confidence. The warrior seeks impeccability in his own eyes and calls that humbleness. The average man is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked to himself.

Each man is different; each man must find his own path. Each man is the same; each man must find his own path.

Make every act count since you are going to be here for only a short while.

In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts.

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

To attune your spirit to your own special place in the world is never to know envy, or malice, or despair.

Any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you… Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question… Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.

You must learn to make every act count.

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First Name
Carlos
Last Name
Castaneda, fully Carlos César Salvador Arana Castaneda
Birth Date
1931
Death Date
1998
Bio

Peruvian-born American anthropologist and Mystical Author