bach brilliance

Richard Bach's brilliance is in conveying an intangible feeling that seems known to us but yet undefined, into an expressed form of thought through the written word.

This is just my small attempt to capture the words that continue to speak to me as I journey through this space and time.

My favorite Quotes by Richard Bach
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'Once there lived a village of creatures
along the bottom of a great crystal river.

The current of the river swept silently over them all -
young and old, rich and poor, good and evil,
the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.

Each creature in its own manner clung tightly
to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom,
for clinging was their way of life,
and resisting the current what each had learned from birth.

But one creature said at last, "I am tired of clinging.
Though I cannot see it with my eyes,
I trust that the current knows where it is going.
I shall let go, and let it take me where it will.
Clinging, I shall die of boredom."

The other creatures laughed and said,
"Fool! Let go, and that current you worship will throw you
tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks,
and you will die quicker than boredom!"

But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go,
and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.

Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again,
the current lifted him free from the bottom,
and he was bruised and hurt no more.

And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried,
"See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies!
See the Messiah, come to save us all!"

And the one carried in the current said, "I am no more Messiah than you.
The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go.
Our true work is this voyage, this adventure."

But they cried the more, "Saviour!" all the while clinging
to the rocks, and when they looked again he was gone,
and they were left alone making legends of a Saviour.'

Richard Bach
from "Illusions"

'And he said unto them,
"If a man told God that he wanted most of all to help the suffering world,
no matter the price to himself, and God answered and told him what he must do,
should the man do as he is told?"

"Of course, Master!" cried the many.
"It should be pleasure for him to suffer the tortures of hell itself, should God ask it!"

"No matter what those tortures, nor how difficult the task?"

"Honor to be hanged, glory to be nailed to a tree and burned,
if so be that God has asked," said they.

"And what would you do," the Master said unto the multitude,
"if God spoke directly to your face and said,
'I command that you be happy in the world, as long as you live.'
What would you do then?"

And the multitude was silent, not a voice,
not a sound was heard upon the hillsides, across the valleys where they stood.'

Richard Bach
from "Illusions"

'Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours.'

'Learning is finding out what you already know.
Doing is demonstrating that you know it.
Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you.'

'You teach best what you most need to learn.'

'Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet
than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.'

'Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness.
Listen to it carefully.'

'The original sin is to limit the Is.

'You are led through you lifetime by the inner learning creature,
the playful spiritual being that is your real self.
Don't turn away from possible futures
before you're certain you don't have anything to learn from them.
You're always free to change your mind and choose a different future,
or a different past.'

'The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.'

'Perspective - Use it or Lose it!'

'You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however.'

'In order to live freely and happily you must sacrifice boredom.
It is not always an easy sacrifice.'

'The bond that links your true family is not one of blood,
but of respect and joy in each other's life.
Rarely do mambers of one family grow up under the same roof.'

Richard Bach
from "Illusions"

'We don't have rights until we claim them.'

'Shop for security over happiness and we buy it at that price.'

Richard Bach
from "Running from Safety"

When I started these pages I couldn't find much on the web about Richard Bach. Since then many far more developed sites have appeared.
And now Richard has his own site!!

Richard Bach

It is a beautiful creation for this medium... very artful and chosen.