Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach was one of the first books I’ve ever read as a child and inspired me for life.

As I keep reading it from time to time, I made a selection of quotes and decided to use them with a video I’ve done of seagulls flying in Berlengas Island, Portugal while searching for @WildPortugal places. I blend them with an animated illustration I’ve been developing, and audio from The result is a very short relaxing film, that seems to be my most viewed video ever!





“To begin with, you’ve got to understand that a seagull is an unlimited idea of freedom”

“Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip, 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.”

“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.”

“We choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.”

“The gull sees farthest who flies highest”

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

“Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect.”

“He was not bone and feather but a perfect idea of freedom and flight, limited by nothing at all”

“To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.”

“You don’t love hatred and evil, of course. You have to practice and see the real gull, the good in every one of them, and to help them see it in themselves. That’s what I mean by love.”

“For most gulls it was not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight.”

“Keep working on love.”

“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 just spend a little time practicing? Why should that be so hard?”

“For each of them, the most important thing in living was to reach out and touch perfection in that which they most loved to do…”

“Overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now.”

“The only true law is that which leads to freedom”

“Like everything else, Fletcher. Practice.”




About Ds WAY

Ds is Diana Matoso. Born an artist, licensed as a designer & a REcreator at 💜.


  1. Beautifull!
    It was my life Time thoughts. Still Today.
    The graphic design…Amazing

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