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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 will see the way to fly.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way".
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Jonathan sighed. The price of being misunderstood, he thought. They call you devil or they call you god.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
He was not bone and feather but a perfect idea of freedom and flight, limited by nothing at all
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
We choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip," Jonathan would say, other times, "is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Jonathan Seagull discovered that boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that a gull's life is so short, and with those gone from his thought, he lived a long fine life indeed.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
The gull sees farthest who flies highest
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Heaven is not a place, and it's not a time. Heaven is being perfect.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect. -And that isn't flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn't have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
One school is finished, and the time has come for another to begin.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
You don't love hatred and evil, of course. You have to practice and see the real gull, the good in every one of them, and to help them see it in themselves. That's what I mean by love.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Do you have any idea how many lives we must have gone through before we even got the first idea that there is more to life than eating, or fighting, or power in the Flock? A thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand!
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
For most gulls it was not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Like everything else, Fletcher. Practice.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
It was morning, and the new sun sparkled gold across the ripples of a gentle sea.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
He spoke of very simple things- that it is right for a gull to fly, that freedom is the very nature of his being, that whatever stands against that freedom must be set aside, be it ritual or superstition or limitation in any form. "Set aside," came a voice from the multitude, "even if it be the Law of the Flock?" "The only true law is that which leads to freedom," Jonathan said. "There is no other.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
چرا دشوارترین کار در جهان این است که پرنده ای را متقاعد کنی، آزاد است؟
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Most gulls don't bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight - how to get from shore to food and back again
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
A moment later Jonathan’s body wavered in the air, shimmering, and began to go transparent. “Don’t let them spread silly rumors about me, or make me a god. O.K., Fletch? I’m a seagull. I like to fly, maybe…
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Why, Jon, why?" his mother asked. "Why is it so hard to be like the rest of the flock, Jon? Why can't you leave low flying to the pelicans, the alhatross? Why don't you eat? Son, you're bone and feathers!" "I don't mind being bone and feathers mom. I just want to know what I can do in the air and what I can't, that's all. I just want to know.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there's reason to live! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can learn to be free! we can learn to fly!
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Why is it,” Jonathan puzzled, “that the hardest thing in the world is to convince a bird that he is free, and that he can prove it for himself if he’d just spend a little time practicing? Why should that be so hard?
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Sully,for shame!" Jonathan said in reproach, " and don't be foolish! What are we trying to practice everyday? If our friendship depends on things like space and time, we've destroyed our own brotherhood! But overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now. And in the middle of Here and Now, don't you think that we might see each other once or twice?
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Keep working on love.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
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.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The Complete Edition)
The only law is one which leads to freedom
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
His one sorrow was not solitude, it was that other gulls refused to believe the glory of flight that awaited them; they refused to open their eyes and see.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The New Complete Edition)
Le paradis, c'est simplement d'être soi-même parfait.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
For each of them, the most important thing in living was to reach out and touch perfection in that which they most loved to do...
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Imagination is an old soul.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
To begin with, you've got to understand that a seagull is an unlimited idea of freedom, an image of the Great Gull, and your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip, is nothing more than your thought itself.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Jonahtan Seagull discovered that boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that a gull's life is so short,and with these gone from his thought,he lived a long life indeed.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Jonathan Seagull discovered that boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that a gull’s life is so short, and with these gone from his thought, he lived a long fine life indeed.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The New Complete Edition)
Oh, Fletch, you don't love that! You don't love hatred and evil,of course. You have to practice and see the real gull, the good in every one of them, and help them to see it in themselves. That's what I mean by love. It's fun, when you get the knack of it.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Are you saying I can fly?” “I say you are free.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The New Complete Edition)
-Peki bundan sonra ne olacak? Nereye gidiyoruz? Cennet diye bir yer yok mu? -Hayır Jonathan öyle bir yer yok. O ne bir yer, ne de bir zaman. Cennet, kendinde kusursuzluğu bulmaktır.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
This kind of thinking, he found, is not the way to make one’s self popular with other birds. Even his parents were dismayed as Jonathan spent whole days alone, making hundreds of low-level glides, experimenting.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The New Complete Edition)
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.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Fletcher Lynd Seagull was still quite young, but already he knew that no bird had ever been so harshly treated by any Flock, or with so much injustice.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip,” Jonathan would say, other times, “is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too….
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Good-bye, Jon, my friend.” “Good-bye, Sully. We’ll meet again.” And with that, Jonathan held in thought an image of the great gull-flocks on the shore of another time, and he knew with practiced ease that he was not bone and feather but a perfect idea of freedom and flight, limited by nothing at all.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The New Complete Edition)
Do you have any idea how many lives we must have gone through before we even got the first idea that there is more to life than eating, or fighting, or power in the Flock? A thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand!… We choose our next world through what we learn in this one…
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
whatever stands against that freedom must be set aside, be it ritual or superstition or limitation in any form.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
el secreto es dejar de verse a sí mismo como prisionero de un cuerpo limitado, rompe las cadenas de tu pensamiento y romperás también las de tu cuerpo
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
اكسر قيود أفكارك وخوفك وسوف تكسر قيود جسدك كذلك.
ريتشارد باخ (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
I don’t understand how you manage to love a mob of birds that has just tried to kill you.” “Oh, Fletch, you don’t love that! You don’t love hatred and evil, of course. You have to practice and see the real gull, the good in every one of them, and to help them see it in themselves. That’s what I mean by love. It’s fun, when you get the knack of it.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Just read The Virtue of Minding Your Own Business. Oh my, what currents run deep! Beautifully seen, beautifully told. Praise praise praise . . . Pardon my French, but you are one darn major American writer!" ---Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions, on Sandcastle and Other Stories
Richard Bach
Who is more responsible than a gull who finds and follows a meaning, a higher purpose for life? For a thousand years we have scrabbled after fish heads, but now we have a reason to live — to learn, to discover, to be free!
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
I want to go back to the Flock, of course. I’ve barely begun with the new group!
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The New Complete Edition)
The only difference, the very only one, is that they have begun to understand what they really are and have begun to practice it.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way. It is the law.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
The only true law is that which leads to freedom," Jonathan said. "There is no other.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
We can reach untainted experiential freedom, by living in the moment as it is—without contemplation. Here we find the possibility of freedom—of just being—living as our authentic self. We are our true nature. We are one and whole.
Jacqueline Simon Gunn
A thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand! And then another hundred lives until we began to learn that there is such a thing as perfection, and another hundred again to get the idea that our purpose for living is to find that perfection and show it forth. The same rule holds for us now, of course: we choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight—how to get from shore to food and back again. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. More than anything else. Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly.
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Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight—how to get from shore to food and back again. For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. More than anything else, Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly. This kind of thinking, he found, is not the way to make one’s self popular with other birds. Even his parents were dismayed as Jonathan spent whole days alone, making hundreds of low-level glides, experimenting. He
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Cehaletimizi kırabiliriz, becerilerimizi, yeteneklerinizi ve zekamızı kullanarak kendimizi bulabilir, kendimiz olabiliriz. En önemlisi, özgür olabiliriz! Uçmayı öğrenebiliriz!
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Մտքի արահությամբ, այլ կերպ ասած` ցանկացածդ տեղը հասնելու համար նախ և առաջ անհրաժեշտ է հասկանալ, որ արդեն հասել ես…
Ռիչարդ Բախ (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
لكي تطير بسرعة الفكرة إلى أي مكان، يجب أن تدرك بالبداية بأنك وصلت.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
- أتقول إنني أستطيع الطيران؟ - بل أقول إنك حُر.
ريتشارد باخ (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Do you have any idea how many lives we must have gone through before we even got the first idea that there is more to life than eating, or fighting, or power in the Flock?
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
No, Jonathan, there is no such place. Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
حُكم العادة وسلطة الطقوس الفارغة ستفعل فعلها ببطء حتى تقتل حريتنا في أن نحيا الحياة التي نختارها.
ريتشارد باخ (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
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 will see the way to fly.” ― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Erin Noelle (Ambrosia (Book Boyfriend, #2))
Why, Jon, why?” his mother asked. “Why is it so hard to be like the rest of the flock, Jon? Why can’t you leave low flying to the pelicans, the albatross? Why don’t you eat? Son, you’re bone and feathers!” “I don’t mind being bone and feathers, mom. I just want to know what I can do in the air and what I can’t, that’s all. I just want to know.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is,” he said, “you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.” The trick, according to Chiang, was for Jonathan to stop seeing himself as trapped inside a limited body that had a forty-two-inch wingspan and performance that could be plotted on a chart. The trick was to know that his true nature lived, as perfect as an unwritten number, everywhere at once across space and time.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Yaşamak için ne çok neden var! balıkçı teknelerinin etrafında o rutin, sıkıcı dönüp dolaşmadan başka nedenler de var yaşamak için. cehaletimizi kırabiliriz, becerilerimizi, yeteneklerimizi ve zekamızı kullanarak kendimizi bulabilir, kendimiz olabiliriz. en önemlisi, özgür olabiliriz, uçmayı öğrenebiliriz
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
and with these gone from his thought, he lived a long
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The New Complete Edition)
I may never fly—in the bird sort of way. But I do have wings.
Jacqueline Simon Gunn
Հաղթահարելով տարածությունը` միակ բանը, ինչից հեռանում ենք` Այստեղն է: Իսկ հաղթահարելով ժամանակը` մենք հեռանում ենք միայն Այժմ:
Ռիչարդ Բախ (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Stand to Center meant only great shame or great honor.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
...Gözlerinle gördüklerine inanma. Dış görünüştür onlar yalnızca, sınırlıdır. Kavrayışınla bak, öğrendiklerinin bilincine var ve böylece uçmanın yolunu bulacaksın.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Look with the help of understanding, explore that what you already know...
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Those who fly the highest see the furthest
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too. . . . 
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The Complete Edition)
Life is the unknown and the unknowable, except that we are put into this world to eat, to stay alive as lone as we possibly can.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
For each of them, the most important thing in living was to reach out and touch perfection in that which they most loved to do, and that was to fly.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
the forces of rulers and ritual slowly, slowly will kill our freedom to live as we choose.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
It always works when you know what you're doing
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Everything that limits us we have to put aside
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
The price of being misunderstood, he thought. They call you devil or they call you god.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The Complete Edition)
Until he found that bird, life would remain gray and bleak, illogical, without purpose; every seagull would remain a coincidental collection of blood and feathers pointed toward oblivion.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The New Complete Edition)
إنّنا نتخيّر عالمنا التّالي عبر ما نتعلّمه في عالمنا هذا. من لا يتعلّم شيئًا فسيكون عالمه التّالي هو نفسه عالمه الحالي، بالحدود والقيود نفسها.. والأحمال الثّقيلة نفسها التي عليه أن يغلبها.
ريتشارد باخ (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
To begin with,” he said heavily, “you’ve got to understand that a seagull is an unlimited idea of freedom, an image of the Great Gull, and your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip, is nothing more than your thought itself.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
The classes changed, with years, from wide soaring poems in flight to hushed talk about Jonathan before and after practice; to long involved recitations on the sand about the Divine One, with no flying ever done by anybody. Fletcher and the other students of Jonathan were at turns puzzled and correctful and firm and furious at the change, but they were helpless to stop it. They were honored, and worse—revered, but they were no longer heard, and the birds who practiced flying were fewer and fewer.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Jonathan, there is no such place. Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect.” He was silent for a moment. “You are a very fast flier, aren’t you?” “I … I enjoy speed,” Jonathan said, taken aback but proud that the Elder had noticed. “You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Raj nije ni mesto ni vreme. Raj je savršenstvo." "Da bi odleteo bilo gde brzinom misli, moraš da zamisliš da si tamo već stigao..." "DA, ŽELIM DA LETIM." "Kada bi naše prijateljstvo zavisilo od vremena i prostora, onda bi ga, kad pobedimo vreme i prostor, uništili! Ako pobedimo prostor, ostaje nam samo OVDE. Ako pobedimo vreme, ostaje nam samo SADA. Zar ne misliš da cemo se na tom putu, između sada i ovde, ipak sresti s vremena na vreme?" "Ne gledaj svojim očima. Njihove mogućnosti su ograničene. Gledaj razumom. Ispitaj ono što već znaš i onda ćeš shvatiti kako se leti.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
His vows of a moment before were forgotten, swept away in that great swift wind. Yet he felt guiltless, breaking the promises he had made himself. Such promises are only for the gulls that accept the ordinary. One who has touched excellence in his learning has no need of that kind of promise.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The New Complete Edition)
Ed era l’ora, sì di andare a casa. Abbracciò con un ultimo sguardo il suo cielo, i magnifici campi del cielo, dove aveva imparato molte cose. «Sono pronto» disse alfine. E il gabbiano Jonathan Livingston fece prua verso l’alto, scortato da quei due splendidi uccelli, e scomparvero insieme nella notte.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Each of us is in truth an idea of the Great Gull, an unlimited idea of freedom,” Jonathan would say in the evenings on the beach, “and precision flying is a step toward expressing our real nature. Everything that limits us we have to put aside. That’s why all this high-speed practice, and low-speed, and aerobatics …
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
In the days that followed, Jonathan saw that there was as much to learn about flight in this place as there had been in the life behind him. But with a difference. Here were gulls who thought as he thought. For each of them, the most important thing in living was to reach out and touch perfection in that which they most loved to do, and that was to fly. They were magnificent birds, all of them, and they spent hour after hour every day practicing flight, testing advanced aeronautics.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The Complete Edition)
هل لديك أية فكرة عن عدد الحيوات التي مررنا بها قبل أن تتبلور لدينا الفكرة البسيطة، وهي أن الحياة تعنى أمورا أخرى أكثر من مجرد الأكل, الصراع، أو القوة، في السرب ؟ ألف حياة يا جوناثان، عشرة آلاف! وربما مئة ألف حياة أخرى, قبل أن نبدأ التعرف على فكرة الكمال. ومئة أخرى لنتعلم أن هدفنا من الحياة هو أن نجد ذلك الكمال ونصل إليه، وهذا القانون نفسه يسري علينا الآن أيضا، بالطبع هذا يعني أننا نحتار عالمنا القادم من خلال ما نتعلمه في هذا العالم. فإذا لم تتعلم شيئا، سيكون عالمك التالي نسخة ثانية من عالمك الذي انتقلت لتوك منه.. الحدود نفسها، الأثقال نفسها والمصاعب التي يتوجب عليك اجتيازها.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Why, Jon, why?” his mother asked. “Why is it so hard to be like the rest of the flock, Jon? Why can’t you leave low flying to the pelicans, the albatross? Why don’t you eat? Son, you’re bone and feathers!” “I don’t mind being bone and feathers, mom. I just want to know what I can do in the air and what I can’t, that’s all. I just want to know.” “See here, Jonathan,” said his father, not unkindly. “Winter isn’t far away. Boats will be few, and the surface fish will be swimming deep. If you must study, then study food, and how to get it. This flying business is all very well, but you can’t eat a glide, you know. Don’t you forget that the reason you fly is to eat.” Jonathan
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
The only answer I can see, Jonathan, is that you are pretty well a one-in-a-million bird. Most of us came along ever so slowly. We went from one world into another that was almost exactly like it, forgetting right away where we had come from, not caring where we were headed, living for the moment. Do you have any idea how many lives we must have gone through before we even got the first idea that there is more to life than eating, or fighting, or power in the Flock? A thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand! And then another hundred lives until we began to learn that there is such a thing as perfection, and another hundred again to get the idea that our purpose for living is to find that perfection and show it forth. The same rule holds for us now, of course: we choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.
Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)