Self-importance requires spending most of one's life offended by something or someone.— Carlos Castaneda
Pleasurable Don Juan quotations
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.
A warrior lives by acting, not by thinking about acting, nor by thinking about what he will think when he has finished acting.
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.
We hardly ever realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in the blink of an eye.
As long as a man feels that he is the most important thing in the world he cannot really appreciate the world around him.
In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions.
Death is the only wise advisor that we have.
Whenever you feel, as you always do, that everything is going wrong and you're about to be annihilated, turn to your death and ask if that is so. Your death will tell you that you're wrong; that nothing really matters outside its touch. Your death will tell you, 'I haven't touched you yet.
Self importance is man's greatest enemy.
All human history attests That happiness for man, - the hungry sinner! - Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner. ~Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto XIII, stanza 99
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.
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
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.
Do you know at this very moment you are surrounded by eternity? And do you know that you can use that eternity if you so desire?
Editors seek out the first novels with the seductiveness of Don Juans;
the pleasure of discovery is one of the obvious reasons.
Feeling important makes one heavy, clumsy and vain. To be a warrior one needs to be light and fluid.
The hardest thing in the world is to assume the mood of a warrior.
It is of no use to be sad and complain and feel justified in doing so,believing that someone is always doing something to us. Nobody is doing anything to anybody, much less to a warrior.
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.
To seek freedom is the only driving force I know.
Freedom to fly off into that infinity out there. Freedom to dissolve; to lift off; to be like the flame of a candle, which, in spite of being up against the light of a billion stars, remains intact, because it never pretended to be more than what it is: a mere candle.
A warrior must cultivate the feeling that he has everything needed for the extravagant journey that is his life. What counts for a warrior is being alive. Life in itself is sufficient, self-explanatory and complete. Therefore, one may say without being presumptuous that the experience of experiences is being alive.
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.
There is a flaw with words, they always force us to feel enlightened, but when we turn around to face the world they always fail us and we end up facing the world as we always have, without enlightenment
When one has nothing to lose, one becomes courageous.
We are timid only when there is something we can still cling to.
A warrior doesn't know remorse for anything he has done, because to isolate one's acts as being mean, or ugly, or evil is to place an unwarranted importance on the self.
Nothing can temper the spirit of a warrior as much as the challenge of dealing with impossible people in positions of power. Only under those conditions can warriors acquire the sobriety and serenity to withstand the pressure of the unknowable.
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.
Whenever a warrior decides to do something, he must go all the way, but he must take responsibility for what he does. No matter what he does, he must know first why he is doing it, and then he must proceed with his actions without having doubts or remorse about them.
Being popular is the most important thing in the world!
Rather would I have the love songs of romantic ages, rather Don Juan and Madame Venus, rather an elopement by ladder and rope on a moonlight night, followed by the father's curse, mother's moans, and the moral comments of neighbors, than correctness and propriety measured by yardsticks.
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.
Nobody knows who I am or what I do. Not even I. Don Juan Matus
The average man is hooked to his fellow men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity.
But I had not quite fixed whether to make him [Don Juan] end in Hell-or in an unhappy marriage,-not knowing which would be the severest.
When nothing is for sure, we remain alert, perennially on our toes.
It is more exciting not to know which bush the rabbit is hiding behind than to behave as though we knew everything.
To worry is to become accessible, unwittingly accessible.
And once you worry you cling to anything out of desperation; and once you cling you are bound to get exhausted or to exhaust whoever or whatever you are clinging to.