Hugh Prather Quotes

Hugh Edmondson Prather III, 1938 – 2010

Born: 23 January 1938, Dallas Texas
Died: 15 November 2010, Tucson, Arizona

Raised at Dallas, Prather earned a bachelor’s degree at Southern Methodist University and went on to study at the University of Texas at Austin without completing a degree. His first marriage ended in divorce. In 1965, on his second date with Gayle Halligan, he asked her if she wanted to get married and they immediately drove to Oklahoma to wed. He began a journal which he edited into a manuscript and sent to a small publisher with limited distribution and no advertising budget, the first 10,000 copies of Notes to Myself sold quickly by word of mouth. He and Gayle started The Dispensable Church at Santa Fe, New Mexico where he preached a blend of Buddhism, Christianity, and pacifism. In 1990 they moved to Tucson, Arizona and became involved with St. Francis in the Foothills, a Methodist church where Hugh was a lay preacher, teacher, and led meditation services. The Prather’s together wrote a number of books for couples and led marriage workshops. Gayle found him slumped over in their hot tub, a heart attack is assumed to be the cause of death.

Hugh Prather quotes:

Almost any difficulty will move in the face of honesty. When I am honest I never feel stupid. And when I am honest I am automatically humble.
    Hugh Prather

Another day to listen and love and walk and glory. I am here for another day. I think of those who aren’t.
    Hugh Prather

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.
    Hugh Prather

Being myself includes taking risks with myself, taking risks on new behaviour, trying new ways of ‘being myself’, so that I can see who it is I want to be.
    Hugh Prather

Boredom is useful to me when I notice it and think: Oh I’m bored; there must be something else I want to be doing…. Boredom acts as an initiator of originality by pushing me into new activities or new thoughts.
    Hugh Prather

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.
    Hugh Prather – I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me (1972)

Do I avoid looking a stranger in the eyes because I don’t want to make him uncomfortable, or do I turn my eyes so he can’t look into me? What is in there that I don’t want him to see?
    Hugh Prather

Don’t fight a fact, deal with it.
    Hugh Prather

Every moment that I am centered in the future, I suffer a temporary loss of this life.
    Hugh Prather

Fault means failure to meet a standard. Whose? Mine.
    Hugh Prather

Fear is static that prevents me from hearing my intuition.
    Hugh Prather

Fears, indecision, and frustration feed on words. Without words they usually stop…. Words are at times good for looking back, but they are confining when I need to act in the present. 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.
    Hugh Prather

Happiness is a present attitude and not a future condition.
    Hugh Prather

I like a man with faults, especially when he knows it. To err is human — I’m uncomfortable around gods.
    Hugh Prather

I live now and only now, and I will do what I want to do this moment and not what I decided was best for me yesterday.
    Hugh Prather

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.

Hugh Prather
I want you to be able to say anything. Even what you don’t mean

Hugh Prather
If a man takes off his sunglasses I can hear him better.

Hugh Prather
If the desire to write is not accompanied by actual writing, then the desire must be not to write.

Hugh Prather

Notes to Myself (1970)
It is 9:58 and it is now. Tomorrow at 3:00 it will be now.

Hugh Prather
It is enough that I am of value to somebody today.

Hugh Prather
It’s not that “today is the first day of the rest of my life,” but that now is all there is of my life.

Hugh Prather
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.

Hugh Prather
Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.

Hugh Prather
Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes and I am left the same. The more things change the more I am the same. I am what I started with, and when it is all over I will be all that is left of me.

Hugh Prather
Life is also a mixture of unsolved problems, ambiguous victories, and vague defeats — with very few moments of clear peace.

Hugh Prather
Live as if everything you do will eventually be known.

Hugh Prather
Love expands.

Hugh Prather
Love itself is not an act of will, but sometimes I need the force of my volition to break with my habitual responses and pass along the love already here.

Hugh Prather
My prayer is: I will be what I will be, I will do what I will do.

Hugh Prather

My trouble is I analyze life instead of live it.

Hugh Prather
Negative feedback is better that none. I would rather have a man hate me than overlook me. As long as he hates me I make a difference.

Hugh Prather
No matter what we talk about, we are talking about ourselves.

Hugh Prather

I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me (1972)
Perfectionism is slow death.

Hugh Prather
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.

Hugh Prather

I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me (1972)
Support your friends — even in their mistakes. But be clear, however, that it is the friend and not the mistake you are supporting.

Hugh Prather
The heart loves, but moods have no loyalty. Moods should be heard but never danced to.

Hugh Prather
There were seventy-five people in the lobby and only a seven-year-old girl was finding out what it felt like to sit on the Marble Floor.

Hugh Prather

I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me (1972)
To avail yourself of His certain wisdom, ask of Him whatever questions you have. But do not entreat Him, for that will never be necessary.

Hugh Prather
To live for results would be to sentence myself to continuous frustration. My only sure reward is in my actions and not from them.

Hugh Prather
True humor is fun — it does not put down, kid, or mock. It makes people feel wonderful, not separate, different, and cut off. True humor has beneath it the understanding that we are all in this together.

Hugh Prather
Unless I accept my faults, I will most certainly doubt my virtues.

Hugh Prather
When I get to where I can enjoy just lying on the rug picking up lint balls, I will no longer be too ambitious.

Hugh Prather
When I have listened to my mistakes, I have grown.

Hugh Prather
When we persist in looking for and finding what there is to value within our self, we discover a pure and loving being.

Hugh Prather

Whenever we condemn, we cloak the world in pain.

Hugh Prather

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