George Gurdjieff

Quotes By George Gurdjieff About Enlightenment And Awakening

“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.”

“I ask you to believe nothing that you cannot verify for yourself.”

“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.”

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

“Better to die than live in sleep.”

“LIBERATION LEADS TO LIBERATION. These are the first words of truth — not truth in quotation marks but truth in the real meaning of the word; truth which is not merely theoretical, not simply a word, but truth that can be realized in practice. The meaning behind these words may be explained as follows: By liberation is meant the liberation which is the aim of all schools, all religions, at all times. This liberation can indeed be very great. All men desire it and strive after it. But it cannot be attained without the first liberation, a lesser liberation. The great liberation is liberation from influences outside us. The lesser liberation is liberation from influences within us.”

“Life is real only then, when “I am”.”

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

“By teaching others you will learn yourself.”

“Take the understanding of the East and the knowledge of the West—and then seek.”

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

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