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

Ask yourself the secret of your success. Listen to your answer, and practice it.

Avoid problems and you'll never be the one who overcame them.

As a rule, what is out of sight disturbs men's minds more seriously than what they see.

As long as we believe in sequential time, we see becoming, instead of being. Beyond time, we're all one.

Any powerful idea is absolutely fascinating and absolutely useless until we choose to use it.

Anybody who's ever mattered, anybody who's ever been happy, anybody who's ever given any gift into the world has been a divinely selfish soul, living for his own best interest. No exceptions.

Argue for your limitations and sure enough they're yours

And what would you do, the Master said unto the multitude, if God spoke directly to your face and said, 'I COMMAND THAT YOU BE HAPPY IN THE WORLD, AS LONG AS YOU LIVE.' What would you do then?

And the multitude was silent, not a voice, not a sound was heard upon the hillsides, across the valleys where they stood.

And the one carried in the current said, I am no more messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.

An idea is never given to you without you being given the power to make it reality. You must, nevertheless, suffer for it.

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.

A tiny change today brings a dramatically different tomorrow.

A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we're pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we're safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. 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.

A present from the heart: I'm not here because I'm supposed to be here, or because I'm trapped here, but because I'd rather be with you than anywhere in the world.

A drug for everything is madness. Legal or not, prescribed or not, over-counter under-counter bought for blood on street-corners-every pill separates us from knowing our own completion and from being taught by what's true.

A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed, it feels an impulsion... this is the place to go now. 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.

We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!

In order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.

Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.

You teach best what you most need to learn.

Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but that mark of a fake messiah.

We magnetize into our lives whatever we hold in our thought.

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

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.

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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"