Richard Bach is an American writer widely known as the author of some of the 1970s’ biggest sellers, including Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah.
Bach has written numerous works of fiction, and also non-fiction flight-related titles.
Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life.
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 more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.
The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly.
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.
The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.
Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger.
The simplest things are often the truest.
Rarely do members of the same family grow up under the same roof.
True love stories never have endings.
Not being known doesn’t stop the truth from being true.
Some choices we live not only once but a thousand times over, remembering them for the rest of our lives.
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.
Live never to be ashamed if anything you say or do is published around the world, even if what is said is not true.
To fly as fast as thought, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.
In the United States Christmas has become the rape of an idea.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.
You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.
You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.
You are never given a wish without being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.
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 teach best what you most need to learn.
Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.
Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
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 the mark of a fake messiah.
To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.
Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.
Avoid problems, and you’ll never be the one who overcame them.
Bad things are not the worst things that can happen to us. Nothing is the worst thing that can happen to us!
Can miles truly separate you from friends… If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?
Civilization… wrecks the planet from seafloor to stratosphere.
Don’t be dismayed by good-byes. 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 believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly.
Don’t turn away from possible futures before you’re certain you don’t have anything to learn from them.
Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.
Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you.
Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.
Get this in mind early: We never grow up.
Jonathan is that brilliant little fire that burns within us all, that lives only for those moments when we reach perfection.
Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.
Listen to what you know instead of what you fear.
I don’t want to do business with those who don’t make a profit, because they can’t give the best service.
I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it?
I want to be very close to someone I respect and admire and have somebody who feels the same way about me.
If it’s never our fault, we can’t take responsibility for it. If we can’t take responsibility for it, we’ll always be its victim.
If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.
If you will practice being fictional for a while, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats.
If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.
In order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.
In order to win, you must expect to win.
It is by not always thinking of yourself, if you can manage it, that you might somehow be happy. Until you make room in your life for someone as important to you as yourself, you will always be searching and lost.
Learning is finding out what you already know.
Happiness is the reward we get for living to the highest right we know.
Ask yourself the secret of your success. Listen to your answer, and practice it.
Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.
Allow the world to live as it chooses, and allow yourself to live as you choose.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.