Jonathan Livingston Seagull
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- "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
- "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
Those who put aside travel for the sake of perfection go
- "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."