George Gurdjieff, fully George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

Gurdjieff, fully George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

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

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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.

The worse the conditions of life the more productive the work, always provided you remember the work.

We must destroy our buffers. Children have none; therefore we must become like little children.

Listen, you have now found the conditions in which the desire of your heart can become the reality of your being. Stay here, until you acquire a force in you that nothing can destroy. Then you'll need to go back into life, and there you will measure yourself constantly with forces which will show you your place.

No energy is ever lost in the cosmic scheme.

Respect all religions.

The worse the conditions of life, the greater the possibility for productive work, provided you work consciously.

We must strive for freedom if we strive for self-knowledge. The task of self-knowledge and of further self-development is of such importance and seriousness, it demands such intensity of effort, that to attempt it any old way and amongst other things is impossible. The person who undertakes this task must put it first in his life, which is not so long that he can afford to squander it on trifles.

Love not art with your feelings.

Now everything that you do is written in red or black in Angel Gabriel's book. Not for everyone is this record kept, but only for those who have taken a position of responsibility. There is a Law of Sins, and if you do not fulfill all your obligations, you will pay.

Respect every religion.

There are two kinds of doing—automatic and doing what you ‘wish.’ Take a small thing which you ‘wish’ to do and cannot do and make this your God. Let nothing interfere. If you ‘wish,’ you can. Without wishing you never ‘can.’ ‘Wish’ is the most powerful thing in the world.

What is possible for individual man is impossible for the masses.

Love of consciousness evokes the same in response. Love of feeling evokes the opposite. Love of body depends only on type and polarity.

Objective knowledge, the idea of unity included, belongs to objective consciousness. The forms which express this knowledge when perceived by subjective consciousness are inevitably distorted and, instead of truth, they create more and more delusions. With objective consciousness it is possible to see and feel the unity of everything. But for subjective consciousness the world is split up into millions of separate and unconnected phenomena. Attempts to connect these phenomena into some sort of system in a scientific or philosophical way lead to nothing because man cannot reconstruct the idea of the whole starting from separate facts and they cannot divine the principles of the division of the whole without knowing the laws upon which this division is based.

Rest comes not from the quantity but from the quality of sleep.

There do exist enquiring minds, which long for the truth of the heart, seek it, strive to solve the problems set by life, try to penetrate to the essence of things and phenomena and to penetrate into themselves. If a man reasons and thinks soundly, no matter which path he follows in solving these problems, he must inevitably arrive back at himself, and begin with the solution of the problem of what he is himself and what his place is in the world around him. For without this knowledge, he will have no focal point in his search. Socrates’ words, “Know thyself” remain for all those who seek true knowledge and being.

When we speak of prayer or of the results of prayer we always imply only one kind of prayer — petition or we think that petition can be united with all other kinds of prayers… Most prayers have nothing in common with petitions. I speak of ancient prayers; many of them are much older than Christianity. These prayers are, so to speak, recapitulations; by repeating them aloud or to himself a man endeavors to experience what is in them, their whole content, with his mind and his feeling.

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