My Favorite Jonathan Livingston Seagull Quotes

“heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect.”

“Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight – how to get from shore to food and back again.”

“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.”

“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?”

“For most gulls it was not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.”

“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!”

“One school is finished, and the time has come for another to begin.”

“Overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now.”

“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.”

“The gull sees farthest who flies highest.”

“The price of being misunderstood – they call you devil or they call you god.”

“To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.”

“We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip 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.”

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