George Gurdjieff

Quotes By George Gurdjieff About The Mind And Work

“Conscious faith is freedom. Emotional faith is slavery. Mechanical faith is foolishness.”

“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.”

“From my point of view, he can be called a remarkable man who stands out from those around him by the resourcefulness of his mind, and who knows how to be restrained in the manifestations which proceed from his nature, at the same time conducting himself justly and tolerantly towards the weaknesses of others.”

“He who has freed himself of the disease of “tomorrow” has a chance to attain what he came here for.”

“If you have not by nature a critical mind your staying here is useless.”

“One of the best means for arousing the wish to work on yourself is to realize that you may die at any moment. But first you must learn how to keep it in mind.”

“I will tell you one thing that will make you rich for life. There are two struggles: an Inner-world struggle and an Outer-world struggle…you must make an intentional contact between these two worlds; then you can crystallize data for the Third World, the World of the Soul.”

“Only super-efforts count.”

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

“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.”

“Without struggle, no progress and no result. Every breaking of habit produces a change in the machine.”

“Freedom is taken not given.”

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