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A collection of thoughts and quotation by Carlos Castaneda on inspiration, confidence, determination, self-reliance, spirituality, happiness, death, fear, ego, chance, growth, nostalgia, life and wisdom.

37 Uplifting Quotes By Carlos Castaneda That Will Foster New Gusto In You

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Born in Peru, Carlos Castaneda was a renowned American writer who worked mainly on non-fiction. Many believed that his work was based on philosophies and practices which were meant to increase knowledge among the masses. His work was famous globally and translated into seventeen languages. He specialized in anthropology which is a branch of science dealing with behavior and mannerism of human species. Castaneda gained fame due to his efforts in ‘Tales of Power’, ‘The Art of Dreaming’ and ‘The Fire From Within’. Despite selling more than 28 million copies, the scientific accuracies in his hardbacks were questioned unanimously by the critics. Therefore, his credibility as a non-fiction author had been under the scanner due to chronological and logical errors present in his work. Having said that, through his work, thoughts, sayings, quotes and books he preached that all paths in life lead us nowhere therefore one should follow their own heart while choosing them. Here’s a collection of some famous quotes by this distinguished American writer, enlightening us about human psychology and mannerisms.

You have everything needed for the extravagant journey that is your life.

- Carlos Castaneda

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.

- Carlos Castaneda

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

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

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

- Carlos Castaneda

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

- Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda

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

- Carlos Castaneda

We hardly ever realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in the blink of an eye.

- Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda

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.

- The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, Carlos Castaneda

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

- Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda

You say you need help. Help for what? You have everything needed for the extravagant journey that is your life.

- Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda

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.

- Fire from Within, Carlos Castaneda

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

- The Active Side of Infinity, Carlos Castaneda

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

- Carlos Castaneda

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

- The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, Carlos Castaneda

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.

- The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, Carlos Castaneda

Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn't then it is of no use to us.

- Carlos Castaneda

Life in itself is sufficient, self-explanatory and complete.

- Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda

For an instant I think I saw. I saw the loneliness of man as a gigantic wave which had been frozen in front of me, held back by the invisible wall of a metaphor.

- Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda

We are men and our lot in life is to learn and to be hurled into inconceivable new worlds.

- A Separate Reality, Carlos Castaneda

Beware of those who weep with realization, for they have realized nothing.

- Fire from Within, Carlos Castaneda

I had been experiencing brief flashes of disassociation, or shallow states of non-ordinary reality.

- The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, Carlos Castaneda

To ask me to verify my life by giving you my statistics is like using science to validate sorcery. It robs the world of its magic and makes milestones out of us all.

- Carlos Castaneda

The art of being a warrior is to balance the wonder and the terror of being alive.

- Carlos Castaneda

A warrior takes his lot, whatever it may be, and accepts it in ultimate humbleness. He accepts in humbleness what he is, not as a grounds for regret but as a living challenge.

- Tales of Power, Carlos Castaneda

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

- Carlos Castaneda

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

- Second Ring of Power, Carlos Castaneda

Man lives only to learn. And if he learns it is because it is the nature of his lot, for good or bad.

- Carlos Castaneda

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

- Tales of Power, Carlos Castaneda

A warrior, or any man for that matter, cannot possibly wish he were somewhere else; a warrior because he lives by challenge, an ordinary man because he doesn't know where his death is going to find him.

- Tales of Power, Carlos Castaneda

There are lots of things a warrior can do at a certain time which he couldn’t do years before. Those things themselves did not change; what changed was his idea of himself.

- Tales of Power, Carlos Castaneda

To seek the perfection of the warrior's spirit is the only task worthy of our temporariness, our manhood.

- Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda

A warrior must focus his attention on the link between himself and his death . . .. He must let each of his acts be his last battle on earth. Only under those conditions will his acts have their rightful power.

- Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda

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

- Carlos Castaneda

We either make ourselves miserable, or make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.

- Carlos Castaneda

Nothing is pending in the world…nothing is finished, yet nothing is unresolved…Everything is filled to the brim.

- Carlos Castaneda

Those fibers join a man to his surroundings;

- Separate Reality: Conversations With Don Juan, Carlos Castaneda