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Hugh Prather

Datum narození: 23. leden 1938
Datum úmrtí: 15. listopad 2010

Hugh Prather byl americký spisovatel.


„Proč hodnotím svůj den podle toho, čeho jsem "dosáhl"?“

„Dnes chci dělat věci, abych je dělal, ne abych něčeho dosáhl. Nechci jezdit, abych se někam přesunul, nechci se milovat, abych dosáhl vrcholu a nechci studovat, abych "držel krok".
Nechci dělat věci, abych se sám sobě prodával. Nechci dělat hezké věci, abych byl pro ostatní "hezký". Nechci pracovat pro peníze, chci pracovat pro práci.
Dnes nechci žít pro nic, dnes chci žít.“


„Minulý týden, když jsem dával spát šestiletého syna, jsem s myšlenkou na veškerou tíhu zodpovědnosti řekl: "Jordane, jak můžu žít šťastný život?" Bez zaváhání odpověděl: "Dělej to, co říkáš."“

„No matter what we talk about, we are talking about ourselves“ I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me

„All my life, I have made it complicated, but it is so simple. I love when I love. And when I love, I am myself.“ Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person

„I sometimes react to making a mistake as if I have betrayed myself. My fear of making a mistake seems to be based on the hidden assumption that I am potentially perfect and that if I can just be very careful I will not fall from heaven. But a 'mistake' is a declaration of the way I am, a jolt to the way I intend, a reminder I am not dealing with the facts. When I have listened to my mistakes I have grown.“

„I don't need a "reason" to be happy. I don't have to consult the future to know how happy I feel now.“ Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person

„By approaching my problems with "What might make things a little better?" rather than "What is the solution?" I avoid setting myself up for certain frustration. My experience has shown me that I am not going to solve anything in one stroke; at best I am only going to chip away at it.“ I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me


„Sometimes I doubt and sometimes I believe. And I like not making myself believe when I am doubting, and not making myself doubt when I am believing. Surely neither God nor Accident need my consistency.“ I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me

„perfectionism is a slow death. if everything were to turn out just like i would want it to, just like i would plan for it to, then i would never experience anything new; my life would be an endless repetition of stale successes. when i make a mistake i experience something unexpected.... when i have listened to my mistakes i have grown.“

„If the desire to write is not accompanied by actual writing, then the desire is not to write“ Notes to Myself

„What an absurd amount of energy I have been wasting all my life trying to find out how things 'really are', when all the time they weren't.“ Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person


„Now that I know that I am no wiser than anyone else, does this wisdom make me wiser?“ Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person

„Being myself includes taking risks with myself, taking risks on new behavior, trying new ways of 'being myself', so that I can see who it is I want to be.“

„It's not that we fear the place of darkness, but that we don't think we are worth the effort to find the place of light.“ Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person

„Don't strive for love, be it.“ Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person

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