Richard Bach Quotes

Most popular Richard Bach Quotes

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
— Richard Bach


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

shortcomings weakness

Before you'll change, something important must be at risk.

risk-taking change

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

shortcomings self-improvement

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
— Richard Bach

motivational work

Civilization ... wrecks the planet from seafloor to stratosphere.
— Richard Bach


What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
— Richard Bach
Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.
Any powerful idea is absolutely fascinating and absolutely useless unless we choose to use it.
— Richard Bach One


Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't.
— Richard Bach

purpose of life

You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.

be yourself

Grief is no more necessary when we understand death than fear is necessary when we understand flying.


Can miles truly separate you from friends... If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there?
— Richard Bach
Can miles truly separate you from friends ... If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there?
— Richard Bach


You choose, you live the consequences.  Every yes, no, maybe, creates the school you call your personal experience.


There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.


You don't want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions.  The questions are diamonds you hold in the light.

asking questions

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


Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers.
— Richard Bach

learning for teachers teaching

You know who you are inside, but people outside see something different.  You can choose to become the image, and let go of who you are, or continue as you are and feel phony when you play the image.

inner peace authenticity be yourself

There are no mistakes.  The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go.


The airplane is just a bunch of sticks and wires and cloth, a tool for learning about the sky and about what kind of person I am, when I fly. An airplane stands for freedom, for joy, for the power to understand, and to demonstrate that understanding.