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

Every step in every proud life is a run from safety to the dark, and the only thing to trust is what we think is true.

Every word that judges value is circular. 'Good' is 'right' is 'proper' is 'just' is 'good'. But check the examples, and they're not circular at all: Everyone says 'makes me happy'.

Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.

Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.

Every real teacher is myself in disguise.

Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth.

Each of us is in truth an unlimited idea of freedom. Everything that limits us we have to put aside.

Don't be dismayed at goodbyes, a farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.

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.

Does anybody learn writing, or do they just touch someone who lets them see the power of the deleted word?

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Civilization... wrecks the planet from seafloor to stratosphere.

Do you know what I learned from you? I learned what is possible, and now I must hold out for what I thought we had. I want to be very close to someone I respect and admire and have somebody who feels the same way about me. That or nothing. I realized that what I'm looking for is not what you're looking for. You don't want what I want. What do you think I want? I asked. Exactly what you have. Many women you know a little and don't care very much about. Superficial flirtations, mutual use, no chance of love. That's my idea of hell. Hell is a place, a time, a consciousness, Richard, in which there is no love. Horrible! Leave me out of it.

Can miles truly separate us from friends? If we want to be with someone we love, aren't we already there?

Children are not our property, and they are not ours to control any more that we were our parents' property or theirs to control.

But the speed was power, and the speed was joy, and the speed was pure beauty.

But they cried the more, 'Savior!' all the while clinging to the rocks, and when they looked again he was gone, and they were left alone making legends of a Savior.

But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.

But the sky knows the reason and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.

Boredom between two people doesn't come from being together physically. It comes from being apart mentally and spiritually.

But one creature said at last, 'I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.'

Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a false messiah.

Believe you know all the answers and you know all the answers. Believe you're a master and you are.

Bad things are not the worst things that can happen to us. Nothing is the worst thing that can happen to us!

Before you'll change, something important must be at risk.

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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"