G. I. Gurdjieff Quotes & Wallpapers

G. I. Gurdjieff
Total Quotes: 96

One of man's important mistakes, one which must be remembered, is his illusion in regard to his I. 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. G. I. Gurdjieff

The greatest untold story is the evolution of God. G. I. Gurdjieff

The first reason for people's slavery is our ignorance, and above all, our ignorance of ourselves. G. I. Gurdjieff

Let us take some event in the life of humanity. For instance, war. There is a war going on at the present moment. What does it signify? It signifies that several millions of sleeping people are trying to destroy several millions of other sleeping people. They would not do this, of course, if they were to wake up. Everything that takes place is owing to this sleep. G. I. Gurdjieff

Knowledge by itself does not give understanding. Nor is understanding increased by an increase of knowledge alone. Understanding depends upon the relation of knowledge to being...It appears only when a man feels and senses what is connected with it. G. I. Gurdjieff

That which is easy is bad for your inner life. G. I. Gurdjieff

You can never awaken using the same system that put you to sleep in the first place. G. I. Gurdjieff

Only super-efforts count. G. I. Gurdjieff

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

As long as our ideas are the same, we will never be apart. G. I. Gurdjieff

The degree of consciousness corresponds to the degree of density or the speed of vibrations. The denser the matter, the less conscious it is. G. I. Gurdjieff

If a sufficient number of people who wanted to stop war really did gather together, they would first of all begin by making war upon those who disagreed with them. And it is still more certain that they would make war on people who also want to stop wars but in another way. G. I. Gurdjieff

Better to die than live in sleep. G. I. Gurdjieff

Ancient art has a specific inner content. At one time, art possessed the same purpose that books do in our day, namely: to preserve and transmit knowledge. In olden days, people did not write books, they incorporated their knowledge into works of art. We would find a great many ideas in the works of ancient art passed down to us, if only we knew how to read them. G. I. Gurdjieff

Hope of consciousness is strength Hope of feelings is slavery Hope of body is disease. G. I. Gurdjieff

A 'sin' is something which is not necessary. G. I. Gurdjieff

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. G. I. Gurdjieff

All who have come to me must have enema each day. G. I. Gurdjieff

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. G. I. Gurdjieff

It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the 'I Am,' our real presence, can awaken. G. I. Gurdjieff

Common aim is stronger than blood. G. I. Gurdjieff

Life is real only then, when "I am". G. I. Gurdjieff

What is possible for individual man is impossible for the masses. G. I. Gurdjieff

The first thing, the very very first thing, "Find out what your greatest characteristic is, your greatest undoing, your central characteristic of unconsciousness." Each one's is different. Somebody is sex-obsessed. In a country like India, where for centuries sex has been repressed, that has become almost a universal characteristic; everybody is obsessed with sex. Somebody is obsessed with anger, and somebody else is obsessed with greed. You have to watch which is your basic obsession. G. I. Gurdjieff

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. G. I. Gurdjieff

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

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. G. I. Gurdjieff

Take the understanding of the East and the knowledge of the West-and then seek. G. I. Gurdjieff

Love without knowledge is demonic. G. I. Gurdjieff

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

Knowledge can be acquired by a suitable and complete study, no matter what the starting point is. Only one must know how to 'learn.' What is nearest to us is man; and you are the nearest of all men to yourself. Begin with the study of yourself; remember the saying 'Know thyself. G. I. Gurdjieff

Every grown-up man consists wholly of habits, although he is often unaware of it and even denies having any habits at all. G. I. Gurdjieff

Remember yourself always and everywhere. G. I. Gurdjieff

If a man could understand all the horror of the lives of ordinary people who are turning around in a circle of insignificant interests and insignificant aims, if he could understand what they are losing, he would understand that there can only be one thing that is serious for him - to escape from the general law, to be free. What can be serious for a man in prison who is condemned to death? Only one thing: How to save himself, how to escape: nothing else is serious. G. I. Gurdjieff

The first fundamental law of the universe is the law of three forces, of three principles, or , as it is often called, the law of three. According to this law every action, every phenomenon in all worlds without exception, is the result of a simultaneous action of three forces- the positive, the negative, and the neutralizing. G. I. Gurdjieff

What you need to know is very little, but to know that little takes very very much. G. I. Gurdjieff

Believe nothing, not even yourself. G. I. Gurdjieff

Time began when you were born. It will end when you die. G. I. Gurdjieff

Never think of results, just do! G. I. Gurdjieff

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

A man must first of all understand certain things. He has thousands of false ideas and false conceptions, chiefly about himself, and he must get rid of some of them before beginning to acquire anything new. Otherwise the new will be built on a wrong foundation and the result will be worse than before. To speak the truth is the most difficult thing in the world; one must study a great deal and for a long time in order to speak the truth. The wish alone is not enough. To speak the truth one must know what the truth is and what a lie is, and first of all in oneself. And this nobody wants to know. G. I. Gurdjieff

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. G. I. Gurdjieff

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. G. I. Gurdjieff

There is a cosmic law which says that every satisfaction must be paid for with a dissatisfaction. G. I. Gurdjieff

Humanity is moving in a circle. The progress in mechanical things of the past hundred years has proceeded at the cost of losing many other things which perhaps were much more important for it. G. I. Gurdjieff

To know all, it is necessary to know very little; but to know that very little, one must first know pretty much. G. I. Gurdjieff

If you meditate and the Devil comes, make the Devil meditate. G. I. Gurdjieff

Those who have not sown anything during their responsible life will have nothing to reap in the future. G. I. Gurdjieff

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 fulfil all your obligations, you will pay. G. I. Gurdjieff

With thorns in the inner world there will always be roses in the outer world, in law-able compensation. G. I. Gurdjieff

Try to understand what I am saying: everything is dependent on everything else, everything is connected, nothing is separate. Therefore everything is going in the only way it can go. If people were different everything would be different. They are what they are, so everything is as it is. G. I. Gurdjieff

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

Awakening is possible only for those who seek it and want it, for those who are ready to struggle with themselves and work on themselves for a very long time and very persistently in order to attain it. G. I. Gurdjieff

Consciousness is a state in which a man knows all at once everything that he in general knows and in which he can see how little he does know and how many contradictions there are in what he knows. G. I. Gurdjieff

One of the strongest motives for wishing to work on yourself is the realization that you may die at any moment. G. I. Gurdjieff

Real love is a cosmic force which goes through us. If we crystallize it, it becomes the greatest power in the world. G. I. Gurdjieff

To know means to know all. Not to know all means not to know. In order to know all, it is only necessary to know a little. But, in order to know this little, it is first necessary to know pretty much. G. I. Gurdjieff

Personality in man is what is "not his own" . . . what come from outside, what he has learned, or reflects, all traces of exterior impressions left in the memory. G. I. Gurdjieff

Sincerity is the key which will open the door through which you will see your separate parts, and you will see something quite new. You must go on trying to be sincere. Each day you put on a mask, and you must take it off little by little. G. I. Gurdjieff

Practice love first on animals, they are more sensitive. G. I. Gurdjieff

It is very difficult also to sacrifice one's suffering. A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering. G. I. Gurdjieff

I ask you to believe nothing that you cannot verify for yourself. G. I. Gurdjieff

Would a CONSCIOUS human being destroy himself through war, and crime, and quarrels? No, a man simply knows not what he does to himself. G. I. Gurdjieff

Awakening begins when a man realizes that he is going nowhere and does not know where to go. G. I. Gurdjieff

From looking at your neighbor and realizing his true significance, and that he will die, pity and compassion will arise in you for him and finally you will love him. G. I. Gurdjieff

Man has no individual i. But there are, instead, hundreds and thousands of separate small "i"s, very often entirely unknown to one another, never coming into contact, or, on the contrary, hostile to each other, mutually exclusive and incompatible. Each minute, each moment, man is saying or thinking, "i". And each time his i is different. just now it was a thought, now it is a desire, now a sensation, now another thought, and so on, endlessly. Man is a plurality. Man's name is legion. G. I. Gurdjieff

The crowd neither wants nor seeks knowledge, and the leaders of the crowd, in their own interests, try to strengthen its fear and dislike of everything new and unknown. The slavery in which mankind lives is based upon this fear. G. I. Gurdjieff

In order to understand the interrelation of truth and falsehood in life, a man must understand falsehood in himself, the constant incessant lies he tells himself. G. I. Gurdjieff

If you want to lose your faith, make friends with a priest. G. I. Gurdjieff

Laughter relieves us of superfluous energy, which, if it remained unused, might become negative, that is, poison. Laughter is the antidote. G. I. Gurdjieff

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