The Ultimate Bookish Quotes

11 Wonderful Quotes from Jonathan Livingston Seagull

I asked my friend about other books similar to The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery because I loved that book and I want to read something on the same genre and feels. He brought Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach for me to borrow. I was skeptical at first because of the dull book cover (just like what I felt when my dad recommended The Little Prince). But, I soon finished it in a few hours (to the point that I had to sneak reading the book in my class) and re-read it again at night. If it is worth a re-read in mere hours, it is definitely good! These are the quotes that might inspire us on life in general and may encourage some to read this awesome book! If you are a sucker for quotes like me and its possible integration in life, then read on!


“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!” (Richard Bach, 2006, 17)

Isn’t it nice when you know something? What motivates me to thirst for knowledge is knowing that I KNOW what a topic is all about. Do I make sense? We might have undergone a situation when you knew that somebody was mocking you in their heads because of your ignorance. Believe me, been there, done that. I made a pledge that day that I would not be excused for any ignorant actions. Just like in the quote, we can be creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. Knowing is a great feeling. Strive hard!


“His sorrow was not solitude, it was that other gulls refused to believe the glory of flight that awaited them; they refused to open their eyes and see.” (Richard Bach, 2006, 25)

How frustrating is it when you feel that the world is against you? But there is something more painful that finding out that you are alone in the battle. It is when it is very obvious but they turn a blind eye for everything you have done.


“Jonathan Seagull discovered that boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that a gull’s life is so short, and with these gone from his thought, he lived a long fine life indeed.” (Richard Bach, 2006, 26)

Life is short, as many would say. Why do we need to consume ourselves in undesirable thoughts when we could live our life to the fullest? Any challenge can either make you or break you. What we need to do is to make every obstacle a stepping stone to fulfillment, and we can find peace.


“For each of them, the most important thing in living was to reach out and touch perfection in that which they most love to do, and that was to fly.” (Richard Bach, 2006, 43)

When you love what you are doing, you do not work; you enhance your passion. Why stay in that job when you know what you like to do is not in line with it? Why stay in that course when you know that it is not for you? Change may be frightening at first, but change just may be what you need.


“You didn’t need faith to fly, you needed to understand flying.” (Richard Bach, 2006, 57)

Are you familiar with the saying “Have faith and wait.”? Though having faith is important for some of us, why wait when you can make it happen by yourself? Understand what needs to be understood. Do not slouch there and just rely on destiny to dictate your course. Take the moment and make it what you like it to be!


“It always works, when you know what you’re doing….” (Richard Bach, 2006, 58)

Don’t be an ignorant piece of shit. Nah, just kidding. Make it your goal to think before you click, Google before you post, and know before you do. Trust me, you can be saved from loads of hardship and maybe, embarrassment.


“The gull sees farthest who flies highest.” (Richard Bach, 2006, 60)

Dream high and fly high! You can have many opportunities if you strive in your career today. Working hard and smart can lead to success. When you are finally at the top, you can now see how far have you achieved and how far will you continue. Keep dreaming, keep living.


“Your whole body… is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too…” (Richard Bach, 2006, 74-75)

Most of the things that we think as our limits are actually delusions. We are confined only by the walls we build ourselves. Getting out of our comfort zones can be so damn hard, but we might be surprised by how things would work out in the end. Don’t set your limit, throw yourself in it!


“We’re free to go where we wish and to be what we are.” (Richard Bach, 2006, 75)

Travel, seek freedom, know your identity, find peace.


“…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.” (Richard Bach, 2006, 81)

What the book really want to convey is finding freedom. Do not let anyone or anything dictate what you should do next. You are a person, an individual. You have your own life and it is up to you how to live it. Have you watched the Harry Potter movies? One of the characters there is Dobby, a house-elf that wants to be free because it is what he always desire. Bicentennial Man (1999) also has a theme about freedom portrayed by a robot that wants to be freed and became a man. My point is freedom is in man’s nature, so you, of all people, should know and not let anything against it to succeed.


“Why is it,” Jonathan puzzled, “that the hardest thing in the world is to convince a bird that he is free, and that he can prove it for himself if he’d spend a little time practicing? Why should that be so hard?” (Richard Bach, 2006, 88-89)

This is got to be my favorite quote in the book, the one that seemed to pierce daggers in my heart. This is where Jonathan was frustrated why everyone does not want to embrace change. My friends, if it comes to a point that you need to choose between going where everyone is headed versus finding your own path, please be wise and remember our very own Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

There you have it. I hoped you enjoyed these quotes, learned a lesson or two, or maybe were encouraged to at least search the book. It’s good for all ages. Thanks for the time!


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