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born June 23, 1936; American writer, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.
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The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
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What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
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If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.
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To bring anything into your life, imagine that it's already there.
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You teach best what you most need to learn.
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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.
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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.
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You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.
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The gulls who scorn perfection for the sake of travel go nowhere, slowly. Those who put
aside travel for the sake of perfection go anywhere, instantly.
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The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.
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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.
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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.
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As long as we believe in sequential time, we see becoming, instead of being. Beyond time,
we're all one.
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You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have
to work for it, however.
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Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will
know you in a thousand years.
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The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's
life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.
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Listen to what you know instead of what you fear.
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Can miles truly separate you from friends... If you want to be with someone you love, aren't
you already there?
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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.
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Character comes from following our highest sense of right, from trusting ideas without being
sure they'll work.
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It doesn't take time to change once you understand the problem... Somebody hands you a
rattlesnake, it doesn't take long to drop it, does it?
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The gull sees farthest who flies highest.
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Boredom between two people doesn't come from being together physically. It comes from
being apart mentally and spiritually.
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Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.
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"The only true law is that which leads to freedom," Jonathan said. "There is no other."
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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.
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There's no disaster that can't become a blessing, and no blessing that can't become a
disaster.
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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.
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We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and
intelligence and skill.
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Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your
understanding.
Richard Bach

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