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.
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.
Believe you know all the answers, and you know all the answers. Believe you're a master, and you are.
For most gulls it was not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.
How easy it is to be compassionate when it's yourself you see in trouble.
He was not bone and feather but a perfect idea of freedom and flight, limited by nothing at all
I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy.
It was morning, and the new sun sparkled gold across the ripples of a gentle sea.
Jonathan sighed. The price of being misunderstood, he thought. They call you devil or they call you god.
Remember where you came from, where you're going, and why you created this mess you got yourself into in the first place.
Le paradis, c'est simplement d'être soi-même parfait.
The world is your exercise book, the pages on which you do your sums. It is not reality, though you may express reality there if you wish. You are also free to write lies, or nonsense, or to tear the pages.
Like everything else, Fletcher. Practice.
This is a test to see if your mission in this life is complete, if you are alive, it isn't.
Most gulls don't bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight - how to get from shore to food and back again
The gull sees farthest who flies highest
We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill.
You're never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true.
We're different, we're the same. You thought you'd never find a word to say to a woman who didn't fly airplanes. I couldn't imagine myself spending time with a man who didn't love music. Could it be it's not as important to be alike as it is to be curious Because we're different, we can have the fun of exchanging worlds, giving our loves and excitements to each other. You can learn music, I can learn flying. And that's only the beginning. I think it would go on for us as long as we live.
As you believe, so it is for you.
Anyone desperate enough for suicide... should be desperate enough to go to creative extremes to solve problems elope at midnight, stow away on the boat to New Zealand and start over, do what they always wanted to do but were afraid to try.
Avoid problems, and you'll never be the one who overcame them.
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.
Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.
How do you know if your mission in life is finished If you're still alive, it isn't.
Don't turn away from possible futures before you're certain you don't have anything to learn from them.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull is speaking to his young fledgling son who is learning to fly You will begin to touch heaven ... in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isnt flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesnt have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.... To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.... The trick is to stop seeing yourself as trapped inside a limited body that has a forty-two-inch wingspan and performance that could be plotted on a chart. The trick is to know that your true nature lives, as perfect as an unwritten number, everywhere at once across space and time.
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