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ILLUSIONS
The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

by: Richard Bach


People couldn't fly for a long time, I don't think, because they didn't think it was possible, so of course they didn't learn the first little principle of aerodynamics. I want to believe that there's another principle somewhere: we don't need airplanes to fly, or move through walls, or get to planets. We can learn how to do that without machines anywhere. If we want to.

--Chapter 2

There is no problem so big that it cannot be run away from.

--Chapter 3

Laughing on the way to your execution is not generally understood by less-advanced life-forms, and they'll call you crazy.

--Chapter 4

Learning is finding out what you already know.

--Chapter 4

You teach best what you most need to learn.

--Chapter 4

You're always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.

--Chapter 4

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.

--Chapter 6

Learn what the magician knows and it's not magic anymore.

--Chapter 6

We are game-playing, fun-having creatures, we are the otters of the universe.

--Chapter 8

If perfection is stagnation, then heaven is a swamp.

--Chapter 8

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

--Chapter 11

The world is your exercise-book, the pages on which you do your sums. It is not reality, although you can express reality there if you wish. You are also free to write nonsense, or lies, or to tear the pages.

--Chapter 11

The original sin is to limit the Is. Don't.

--Chapter 12

When you say no to something I know is yes, that means you don't like the way I said the question.

--Chapter 12

I guess I can't find lasting friends when I'm an unlasting one myself.

--Chapter 14

Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.

--Chapter 15

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