Richard Bach, fully Richard David Bach

Richard
Bach, fully Richard David Bach
1936

American Author best known for his best-selling novels, "Jonathan Livingston Seagull," "Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah" and "One"

Author Quotes

You've given up your whole life to be the person you are now. Is it worth it?

You're always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or different past.

You're going to die a horrible death, remember. It's all good training, and you'll enjoy it more if you keep the facts in mind. Take your dying with some seriousness, however. Laughing on the way to your execution it not generally understood by less advanced life-forms, and they'll call you crazy.

You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn't flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn't have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.

You teach best what you most need to learn.

You have no birthday because you have always lived; you were never born, and never will die. You are not the child of the people you call mother and father, but their fellow-adventurer on a bright journey to understand the things that are.

You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.

You may have to work for it, however.

You either plan for what's ahead or you fight with what you've got: worry is a waste of time.

You gave your life to become the person you are right now. Was it worth it?

You choose, you live the consequences. Every yes, no, maybe, creates the school you call your personal experience.

You don't want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions. The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel.

You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.

You are not the child of the people you call mother and father, but their fellow-adventurer on a bright journey to understand the things that are.

You can achieve a goal; you never really achieve your purpose, because your purpose is ongoing. It never stops.

You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however. [Often attributed, but not a Richard Bach quote]

You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.

You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self. Don't turn away from possible futures before you're certain you don't have anything to learn from them. You're always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.

Wrong turns are as important as right turns. More important, sometimes.

Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more.

With every choice you risk the life you would have had; with every decision, you lose it

Within each of us lies the power of our consent to health and sickness, to riches and poverty, to freedom and to slavery. It is we who control these, and not another.

When we're two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we've found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life.

When you have come to the edge of all the light you have and step into the darkness of the unknown, believe that one of the two will happen to you. Either you'll find something solid to stand on or you'll be taught how to fly! [Often attributed, but not a Richard Bach quote]

What was the question? ...Oh. Where do I get my crazy ideas? Answer: sleep-fairy, walk-fairy, shower-fairy. Book-fairy. And in these last few years, from my wife. Now when I have questions I ask her and she tells me the answer. If you haven't already, I'd suggest you want to find your soulmate, as soon as you can. Next question?

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First Name
Richard
Last Name
Bach, fully Richard David Bach
Birth Date
1936
Bio

American Author best known for his best-selling novels, "Jonathan Livingston Seagull," "Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah" and "One"