Richard Bach, fully Richard David Bach

Bach, fully Richard David Bach

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

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To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere there is, you must first begin by knowing you have already arrived.

True love stories never have endings

Thought plus belief equals manifestation.

There is such a thing as perfection...and our purpose for living is to find that perfection and show it forth....Each of us is in truth an unlimited idea of freedom. Everything that limits us we have to put aside.


There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go.

There are no speed limits on the road to excellence.

The worst thing you can do for love is deny it; so when you find that special someone, don't let anyone or anything to get in your way.

Then be sure of one thing: the Is has imagined it quite a bit better than you have.

The world's crazy when it comes to beauty.

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 do not have love we will be unhappy.

The world is your exercise-book, the pages on which you do your sums.

The things we own, the places we live, the events of our lives: empty settings. How easy to chase after settings, and forget diamonds! The only thing that matters, at the end of a stay on earth, is how well did we love, what was the quality of our love?

The truth you speak has no past and no future. It is, and that's all it needs to be.

The way to tell if your job is done: if you're alive, you've got a job.

The simplest questions are the most profound. Where were you born? Where is your home? Where are you going? What are you doing? Think about these once in a while and watch your answers change.

The simplest things are often the truest. [Often attributed, but not a Richard Bach quote]

The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel. The same questions, asked again, bring you just the answers you need just the minute you need them.

The other creatures laughed and said, 'Fool! Let go, and that current you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed against the rocks, and you will die quicker than boredom!'

The only thing that shatters dreams is compromise.

The opposite of loneliness, it's not togetherness. It is intimacy.

The original sin is to limit the Is.

The one thing we fear most is the one thing that is not possible: We cannot die, we cannot be destroyed.

The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.

The next night from the Flock came Kirk Maynard Gull, wobbling across the sand, ragging his leftwing, to collapse at Jonathan's feet. Help me, he said very quietly, speaking in the way that the dying speak. I want to fly more than anything else in the world... Come along then. said Jonathan. Climb with me away from the ground, and we'll begin. You don't understand My wing. I can't move my wing. Maynard Gull, you have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way. It is the Law of the Great Gull, the Law that Is. Are you saying I can fly? I say you are free.

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