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Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Your problems is that you think you have time.”

Your problems is that you think you have time.

— Carlos Castaneda



Carlos Castaneda Quote: “The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.”

The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions.”

In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “A warrior never worries about his fear.”

A warrior never worries about his fear.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Only a warrior can survive the path of knowledge because the art of the warrior is to balance the pain of being a man with the wonder of being a man.”

Only a warrior can survive the path of knowledge because the art of the warrior is to balance the pain of being a man with the wonder of being a man.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Intent is what sends a shaman through a wall, through space, to infinity.”

Intent is what sends a shaman through a wall, through space, to infinity.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive.”

The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “A warrior considers himself already dead, so there is nothing to lose. The worst has already happened to him, therefore he’s clear and calm; judging him by his acts or by his words, one would never suspect that he has witnessed everything.”

A warrior considers himself already dead, so there is nothing to lose. The worst has already happened to him, therefore he’s clear and calm; judging him by his acts or by his words, one would never suspect that he has witnessed everything.

— Carlos Castaneda



Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Self importance is man’s greatest enemy.”

Self importance is man’s greatest enemy.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “When you need an answer, look over your left shoulder and ask your death.”

When you need an answer, look over your left shoulder and ask your death.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Self-importance requires spending most of one’s life offended by something or someone.”

Self-importance requires spending most of one’s life offended by something or someone.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Nobody knows who I am or what I do. Not even I. Don Juan Matus.”

Nobody knows who I am or what I do. Not even I. Don Juan Matus.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “If a warrior is to succeed at anything, the success must come gently, with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.”

If a warrior is to succeed at anything, the success must come gently, with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “A warrior chooses a path with heart, any path with heart, and follows it; and then he rejoices and laughs. He knows because he sees that his life will be over altogether too soon. He sees that nothing is more important than anything else.”

A warrior chooses a path with heart, any path with heart, and follows it; and then he rejoices and laughs. He knows because he sees that his life will be over altogether too soon. He sees that nothing is more important than anything else.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Never take a path that has no heart in it. You can’t lose if your heart is in your work, but you can’t win if your heart is not in it.”

Never take a path that has no heart in it. You can’t lose if your heart is in your work, but you can’t win if your heart is not in it.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Any path is only a path, and there is no affront to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you.”

Any path is only a path, and there is no affront to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “The hardest thing in the world is for a warrior to let others be.”

The hardest thing in the world is for a warrior to let others be.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “The ego is like a tired old dog. We can never kill it, so put it out on the back porch, let it rest there, and step around it.”

The ego is like a tired old dog. We can never kill it, so put it out on the back porch, let it rest there, and step around it.

— Carlos Castaneda



Carlos Castaneda Quote: “I’m never angry at anybody! No human being can do anything important enough for that. You get angry at people when you feel that their acts are important. I don’t feel that way any longer.”

I’m never angry at anybody! No human being can do anything important enough for that. You get angry at people when you feel that their acts are important. I don’t feel that way any longer.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance.”

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “I am already given to the power that rules my fate. And I cling to nothing, so I will have nothing to defend. I have no thoughts, so I will see. I fear nothing, so I will remember myself. Detached and at ease, I will dart past the Eagle to be free.”

I am already given to the power that rules my fate. And I cling to nothing, so I will have nothing to defend. I have no thoughts, so I will see. I fear nothing, so I will remember myself. Detached and at ease, I will dart past the Eagle to be free.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Forget the self and you will fear nothing, in whatever level or awareness you find yourself to be.”

Forget the self and you will fear nothing, in whatever level or awareness you find yourself to be.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting.”

A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Things don’t change, only the way you look at them.”

Things don’t change, only the way you look at them.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length – and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly.”

For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length – and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “It takes all the time and all the energy we have to conquer the idiocy in us.”

It takes all the time and all the energy we have to conquer the idiocy in us.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “The warrior: silent in his struggle, undetainable because he has nothing to lose, functional and efficacious because he has everything to gain.”

The warrior: silent in his struggle, undetainable because he has nothing to lose, functional and efficacious because he has everything to gain.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “In the universe there is an immeasurable, indescribable force which shamens call intent, and absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link.”

In the universe there is an immeasurable, indescribable force which shamens call intent, and absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Warriors do not win victories by beating their heads against walls, but by overtaking the walls. Warriors jump over walls; they don’t demolish them.”

Warriors do not win victories by beating their heads against walls, but by overtaking the walls. Warriors jump over walls; they don’t demolish them.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Feeling important makes one heavy, clumsy and vain. To be a warrior one needs to be light and fluid.”

Feeling important makes one heavy, clumsy and vain. To be a warrior one needs to be light and fluid.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “A warrior thinks of death when things become unclear. The idea of death is the only thing that tempers our spirit.”

A warrior thinks of death when things become unclear. The idea of death is the only thing that tempers our spirit.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Tonight in your dreams you must look at your hands.”

Tonight in your dreams you must look at your hands.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Whenever the internal dialogue stops, the world collapses, and extraordinary facets of ourselves surface, as though they had been kept heavily guarded by our words.”

Whenever the internal dialogue stops, the world collapses, and extraordinary facets of ourselves surface, as though they had been kept heavily guarded by our words.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Think about it: what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.”

Think about it: what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Once it has learned to dream the double, the self arrives at this weird crossroad and a moment comes when one realizes that it is the double who dreams the self.”

Once it has learned to dream the double, the self arrives at this weird crossroad and a moment comes when one realizes that it is the double who dreams the self.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “A warrior lives by acting, not by thinking about acting, nor by thinking about what he will think when he has finished acting.”

A warrior lives by acting, not by thinking about acting, nor by thinking about what he will think when he has finished acting.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “The average man is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity.”

The average man is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “An average man is too concerned with liking people or with being liked himself. A warrior likes, that’s all. He likes whatever or whomever he wants, for the hell of it.”

An average man is too concerned with liking people or with being liked himself. A warrior likes, that’s all. He likes whatever or whomever he wants, for the hell of it.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “A warrior acts as if he knows what he is doing, when in effect he knows nothing.”

A warrior acts as if he knows what he is doing, when in effect he knows nothing.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Modern man has left the realm of the unknown and the mysterious, and has settled down in the realm of the functional. He is turned is back to the world of the foreboding and the exulting and has welcomed the world of boredom.”

Modern man has left the realm of the unknown and the mysterious, and has settled down in the realm of the functional. He is turned is back to the world of the foreboding and the exulting and has welcomed the world of boredom.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “We have to balance the lineality of the known universe with the nonlineality of the unknown universe.”

We have to balance the lineality of the known universe with the nonlineality of the unknown universe.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “For a human being, sadness is as powerful as terror. Sadness makes a warrior shed tears of blood.”

For a human being, sadness is as powerful as terror. Sadness makes a warrior shed tears of blood.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Power rests on the kind of knowledge one holds. What is the sense of knowing things that are useless?”

Power rests on the kind of knowledge one holds. What is the sense of knowing things that are useless?

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “The world is incomprehensible. We won’t ever understand it; we won’t ever unravel its secrets. Thus we must treat the world as it is: a sheer mystery.”

The world is incomprehensible. We won’t ever understand it; we won’t ever unravel its secrets. Thus we must treat the world as it is: a sheer mystery.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow, you must not stay with it under any circumstances.”

Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow, you must not stay with it under any circumstances.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “All paths are the same, leading nowhere. Therefore, pick a path with heart!”

All paths are the same, leading nowhere. Therefore, pick a path with heart!

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Seeing energy as it flows is an imperious need on the path of knowledge. Ultimately, all the effort of sorcerers is guided to that end. It is not enough for a warrior to know that the universe is energy; he has to verify it for himself.”

Seeing energy as it flows is an imperious need on the path of knowledge. Ultimately, all the effort of sorcerers is guided to that end. It is not enough for a warrior to know that the universe is energy; he has to verify it for himself.

— Carlos Castaneda


Carlos Castaneda Quote: “Seek and see all the marvels around you. You will get tired of looking at yourself alone, and that fatigue will make you deaf and blind to everything else. – Don Juan.”

Seek and see all the marvels around you. You will get tired of looking at yourself alone, and that fatigue will make you deaf and blind to everything else. – Don Juan.

— Carlos Castaneda

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