Richard Bach

Year of birth : 1936
Education : California State University


“ Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.”

“ 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.”

“ What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” 

Books by the Master

" Jonathan Livingston Seagull " ... " Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah " ... 
" The bridge across forever " ... " There's no such place as far away " ... " Messiah's Handbook " ... " A Gift of Wings " ... " Stranger to the Ground " ... " Nothing by Chance " ... " One " ... " Double Bucky Shanghai " ... " Curious lives " ... " Air ferrets aloft " ... " Rescue ferrets at sea " ... " Hypnotizing Maria: A Story " ... " Out of my mind " ... " Rancher ferrets on the range " ... " The last war " ... " Biplane " ... " Thank Your Wicked Parents: Blessings from a Difficult Childhood " ... " Running from Safety: An Adventure of the Spirit " ... " Flying " ... " Writer Ferrets: Chasing the Muse " ... " Illusions II: The Adventures of a Reluctant Student " ... " Travels with Puff: A Gentle Game of Life and Death " ... " Rancher Ferrets on the Range "


Richard David Bach is an American writer. He is widely known as the author of the hugely popular 1970s best-sellers Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, among others. Most of his books have been semi-autobiographical, using actual or fictionalized events from his life to illustrate his philosophy. Bach's books espouse his philosophy that our apparent physical limits and mortality are merely appearance. 

He claims to be a direct descendant of Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach is noted for his love of flying and for his books related to air flight and flying in a metaphorical context. In 1973, his first book was turned into a movie, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, produced by Paramount Pictures Corporation. The movie included a soundtrack by Neil Diamond. A second book, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, published in 1977, tells the story of the narrator's encounter with a modern-day messiah who has decided to quit.

Bach has retained a dedicated fan base throughout the years. During the 1990s, Bach appeared online at Compuserve, where he answered e-mails personally. Bach was interviewed on April 1, 2005 on Conscious Talk Radio and this interview was replayed a few times in 2006.