Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Quotes
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Quotes

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Quotes:
  • "If our friendship depends on space and time, then when we finally overcome space and time, we've destroyed our own brotherhood. But overcome space, and all you have left is Here. Overcome time and all you 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?"
     
  • "When you come to the edge of all the light you have known, and are about to step out into darkness, Faith is knowing one of two things will happen There will be something to stand on, or you will be taught to fly."
     
  • "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."
     
  • "Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there's a reason to life! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!"
     
  • "Here were gulls who thought like 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."
     
  • " 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."
     
  • "Remember, Jonathan, heaven isn't a place or a time, because place and time are so very meaningless. Heaven is..."
     
  • "The only true law is that which leads to freedom."
     
  • "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 though 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 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."
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