This book tells the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a seagull who is bored with the daily squabbles over food. Seized by a passion for flight, he pushes himself, learning everything he can about flying, until finally his unwillingness to conform results in his expulsion from his flock. An outcast, he continues to learn, becoming increasingly pleased with his abilities as he leads a peaceful and happy life.
The book is listed as one of 50 “timeless spiritual classics”, and though some find it rather naive, in fact it expresses timeless ideas about human potential.
“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.”
“You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way”.”
“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.”
“Jonathan sighed. The price of being misunderstood, he thought. They call you devil or they call you god.”
“He was not bone and feather but a perfect idea of freedom and flight, limited by nothing at all”
“We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill.”