Carlos Castaneda

1931 -

A Quote by Carlos Castaneda on companions, death, and eternity

Death is our eternal companion. It is always to our left, an arm's length behind us. Death is the only wise adviser that a warrior has. Whenever he feels that everything is going wrong and he's about to be annihilated, he can turn to his death and ask if that is so. His death will tell him that he is wrong, that nothing really matters outside its touch. His death will tell him, 'I haven't touched you yet.'

Carlos Castaneda (1931 -)

Source: Journey to Ixtlan

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Carlos Castaneda on action, decisions, doubt, remorse, and responsibility

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.

Carlos Castaneda (1931 -)

Source: Journey to Ixtlan

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Carlos Castaneda on facts, learning, and world

A warrior must learn to make every act count, since he is going to be here in this world for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.

Carlos Castaneda (1931 -)

Source: Journey To Ixtlan

Contributed by: Brian

A Quote by Carlos Castaneda on life, simplicity, and struggle

To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one. It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives. Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average man. We make ourselves into one or the other.

Carlos Castaneda (1931 -)

Source: Tales of Power

Contributed by: Brian

A Quote by Carlos Castaneda on clarity, complaints, earth, losing, spirit, struggle, and winning

The spirit of a warrior is not geared to indulging and complaining, nor is it geared to winning or losing. The spirit of a warrior is geared only to struggle, and every struggle is a warrior's last battle on earth. Thus the outcome matters very little to him. In his last battle on earth a warrior lets his spirit flow free and clear. And as he wages his battle, knowing that his intent is impeccable, a warrior laughs and laughs.

Carlos Castaneda (1931 -)

Source: A Separate Reality

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Carlos Castaneda on decisions, power, and surprises

A rule of thumb for a warrior is that he makes his decisions so carefully that nothing that may happen as a result of them can surprise him, much less drain his power.

Carlos Castaneda (1931 -)

Source: Tales of Power

Contributed by: Brian

A Quote by Carlos Castaneda on learning, people, and world

The internal dialogue is what grounds people in the daily world. The world is such and such or so and so, only because we talk to ourselves about its being such and such and so and so. The passageway into the world of shamans opens up after the warrior has learned to shut off his internal dialogue.

Carlos Castaneda (1931 -)

Source: Tales of Power

Contributed by: Brian

A Quote by Carlos Castaneda on action, defeat, failure, fear, losing, mistakes, quality, regret, respect, and suffering

When a man has fulfilled all four of these requisites-to be wide awake, to have fear, respect, and absolute assurance-there are no mistakes for which he will have to account; under such conditions his actions lose the blundering quality of the acts of a fool. If such a man fails, or suffers a defeat, he will have lost only a battle, and there will be no pitiful regrets over that.

Carlos Castaneda (1931 -)

Source: The Teachings of Don Juan

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Carlos Castaneda on fear, knowledge, mistakes, regret, respect, and war

A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war: wide-awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. Going to knowledge or going to war in any other manner is a mistake, and whoever makes it might never live to regret it.

Carlos Castaneda (1931 -)

Source: The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

Contributed by: Brian

A Quote by Carlos Castaneda on humility and time

The humbleness of a warrior is not the humbleness of the beggar. The warrior lowers his head to no one, but at the same time, he doesn't permit anyone to lower his head to him. The beggar, on the other hand, falls to his knees at the drop of a hat and scrapes the floor to anyone he deems to be higher; but at the same time, he demands that someone lower than him scrape the floor for him.

Carlos Castaneda (1931 -)

Source: Tales of Power

Contributed by: Zaady

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