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George Gurdjieff Quotes

(1873-1949), Russian Adept, Teacher, Writer

A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake.

Category: Birth

Every ceremony or rite has a value if it is performed without alteration. A ceremony is a book in which a great deal is written. Anyone who understands can read it. One rite often contains more than a hundred books.

Category: Ceremony

It is the greatest mistake to think that man is always one and the same. A man is never the same for long. He is continually changing. He seldom remains the same even for half an hour.

Category: Change

A considerable percentage of the people we meet on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know it. If we knew what a number of people are actually dead and what a number of these dead people govern our lives, we should go mad with horror.

Category: Death And Dying

Man has the possibility of existence after death. But possibility is one thing and the realization of the possibility is quite a different thing.

Category: Death And Dying

In properly organized groups no faith is required; what is required is simply a little trust and even that only for a little while, for the sooner a man begins to verify all he hears the better it is for him.

Category: Faith

A man can only attain knowledge with the help of those who possess it. This must be understood from the very beginning. One must learn from him who knows.

Category: Knowledge

Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he "lives" his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy.

Category: Religion

Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening.

Category: Self-expression

Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.

Category: Self-knowledge

A "sin" is something which is not necessary.

Category: Sin

A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.

Category: Suffering