Richard Bach

Richard Bach

Richard David Bach (born June 23, 1936) is an American writer. Bach is widely known as the author of some hugely popular 1970s best-sellers, including Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970) and Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977). Bach has authored numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including One: A Novel (1989) and Out of My Mind (1999).

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If you love someone set them free. If they come back they're yours, if they don't they never were.

True love stories never have endings.

Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive it isn't.

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.

I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy. 

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

Sometimes when learning comes before experience it doesn't make sense right away.

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 a butterfly.

Some choices we live not only once, but a thousand times over, remembering them for the rest of our lives.

Those who put aside travel for the sake of perfection, go anywhere instantly.

Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.

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.

Here is a test to find if your mission on Earth is finished: If you are alive, it isn't.

You are not the child of the people you call mother and father, but their fellow-adventurer on a bright journey to understand the things that are.

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

The world's crazy when it comes to beauty.

The simplest things are often the truest.

Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.

Can miles truly separate you from friends... If you want to be with someone you love aren't you already there?

Two things I do value a lot, intimacy and the capacity for joy, didn't seem to be on anyone else's list. I felt like the stranger in a strange land and decided I'd better not marry the natives.

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