Richard Bach

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Richard Bach (born June 23, 1936) is an American writer.

Sourced quotes

  • "A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit."[1]
Simple: A good writer is a normal person who did not stop writing when he was not very good.
  • "An idea is never given to you without you being given the power to make it reality. You must, nevertheless, suffer for it."[2]
Simple: Whenever you have an idea you also have the power to turn that idea into reality. Still you also have to suffer to do that.
  • "Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours."[3]
  • "Ask yourself the secret of your success. Listen to your answer, and practice it."[4]
  • "Bad things are not the worst things that can happen to us. Nothing is the worst thing that can happen to us!"[5]
  • "Can miles truly separate you from friends? If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there?"[6]
  • "Civilization... wrecks the planet from seafloor to stratosphere."[5]
  • "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'll see the way to fly."[7]
  • "Don't be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends."[8]
  • "Don't turn away from possible futures before you're certain you don't have anything to learn from them."[9]
  • "Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness."[10]
  • "Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you."[11]
  • "Every problem has a gift for you in its hands."[12]
Simple: Every bad thing that happens has something good to give you.


  1. Applewhite, Ashton; William R. Evans, Tripp Evans, Andrew Frothingham (2003). And I Quote. Macmillan. ISBN 0312307446. 
  2. Icon Group International. Perception: Webster’s Quotations, Facts and Phrases. ICON Group International, Inc. ISBN 0546665128. 
  3. Leider, Richard; David A. Shapiro (2002). Repacking Your Bags. Berrett-Koehler Publishers. ISBN 1576751805. 
  4. Cook, John; Steve Deger, Leslie Ann Gibson (2007). The Book of Positive Quotations. Fairview Press. ISBN 1577491696. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bach, Richard (1989). One: A Novel. Dell Publishing. ISBN 044020562X. 
  6. (2008) Separating: Webster’s Quotations, Facts and Phrases. Icon Group International, Inc, Page 1. ISBN 0546726046. 
  7. Newell, Frederick (2003). Why CRM Doesn't Work. Bloomberg Press. ISBN 1576601323. 
  8. Friendships: Webster’s Quotations, Facts and Phrases. ICON Group International, Inc, Page 14. ISBN 0546664016. 
  9. Kermis, Marguerite D. (1986). Mental health in late life. Jones and Bartlett. 
  10. Powell, Michael (2003). 1,000 Reasons You're My Friend. Andrews McMeel Publishing, Page 383. ISBN 0740739727. 
  11. Wands, Jeffrey A.; Tom Philbin (2005). The Psychic in You. Simon and Schuster, Page 49. ISBN 0743470001. 
  12. Gordon, Jon; Seth (FRW) Godin (2007). The Energy Bus. John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 0470100281. 

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