Jonathan Livingston Seagull

“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.”

“He spoke of very simple things - that it is right for a gull to fly,
that freedom is the very nature of his being,
that whatever stands against that freedom must be set aside,
be it ritual or superstition or limitation in any form. 

"Set aside," came a voice from the multitude, "even if it be the Law of the Flock?"

"The only true law is that which leads to freedom," Jonathan said. "There is no other.”


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


“A moment later Jonathan’s body wavered in the air, shimmering, and began to go transparent.
“Don’t let them spread silly rumors about me, or make me a god. O.K., Fletch?
I’m a seagull. I like to fly, maybe…”

“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.”

Quotes by Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull