George Gurdjieff, fully George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

Gurdjieff, fully George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

Greek-Armenian-Georgian Writer, Philosopher, Mystic and Spiritual Teacher

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Man must use what he has, not hope for what is not.

Only help him who is not an idler.

The energy expended in active inner work is immediately transformed into new energy; that expended in passive work is lost forever.

Two things in life are infinite; the stupidity of man and the mercy of God.

You should understand, and establish it as a firm rule, not to pay attention to other people’s opinions. You must be free of people surrounding you, and when you are free inside you will be free of them.

Man such as we know him, the "man-machine," the man who cannot "do," and with whom and through whom everything "happens," cannot have a permanent and single I. His I changes as quickly as his thoughts, feelings and moods, and he makes a profound mistake in considering himself always one and the same person; in reality he is always a different person, not the one he was a moment ago.

Only super-efforts count.

The greatest untold story is the evolution of God.

Until a man uncovers himself he cannot see.

Meat is necessary when there is hard physical work to be done, or in a very cold climate, or when edible plants cannot be found...Animal flesh provides all the substances we need, both for the intensive working of our organism and for maintaining a normal temperature in cold climates.

Practice love on animals first; they react better and more sensitively.

The highest that a man can attain is to be able to do.

We are sheep kept to provide wool for our masters who feed us and keep us as slaves of illusion. But we have a chance of escape and our masters are anxious to help us, but we like being sheep. It is comfortable.

Men have their minds and women their feelings more highly developed. Either alone can give nothing. Think what you feel and feel what you think. Fusion of the two produces another force.

Remember that here work is not done for work’s sake, but as a means.

The only type of sexual relations possible are those with someone who is as advanced and capable as oneself.

We attract forces according to our being.

Life is real only then, when I am.

Morality is a stick with two ends; it can be turned this way and that.

Remember you come here having already understood the necessity of struggling with yourself — only with yourself. Therefore thank everyone who gives you the opportunity.

The power of changing oneself lies not in the mind, but in the body and the feelings. Unfortunately, however, our body and our feelings are so constituted that they don’t care a jot about anything so long as they are happy. They live for the moment and their memory is short. The mind alone lives for tomorrow. Each has its own merits. The merit of the mind is that it looks ahead. But it is only the other two that can "do."

We have good and bad angels. The good angels work by way of our voluntary, active nature and the bad through our passive nature.

Like what "it" does not like.

Mr. Self-love and Madame Vanity are the two chief agents of the devil.

Remember yourself always and everywhere.

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Greek-Armenian-Georgian Writer, Philosopher, Mystic and Spiritual Teacher