Sayings of G.I.

Gurdjieff
Dwelling on wounded feelings prevents ‘'life” entering.
Real art is knowledge, not talent.
He who can love can Be. He who can Be can Do. He who can do, Is.
We can only love when we forget about love.
Make love your aim and begin to look for direction.
We only love our own emotions. As we are, we cannot love until free from external influence.
We are only influenced because we allow it.
Being passive creates a vacuum. So be calm, feel and “listen”.
Fight against suggestion.
Self-sincerity is the key to self-knowledge.
The acquisition of self-sincerity brings much suffering.
Sincerity is a function of conscience, the bridge between the personality and the essence. The
essence is the real thinker, the personality theorizes.
Essence is always the same; mind changes cannot influence essence by argument. Mind knows
essence is timid.
Think of what you feel, and feel what you think.
Before seeking the way we must realize our nothingness.
The greater the understanding, the fewer the words.
Imagination wastes very much energy.
Every emotion has its opposite. To be free, must transcend both.
We must suffer for our sins before we can begin real development.
Observing people’s reactions on each other is more amusing than a cinema.
Actions in one center react on all others (even outside the body), and a man’s intelligence varies
according to his capacity to localize these actions.

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Kundalini at base of spine prevents our seeing things as they are; it is the representative of the
moon; it is necessary for life, for if we saw things as they were we’d hang ourselves.
He who knows what his moon is and does can understand the cosmos.
Do not express feelings, save the energy.
To see your real character, watch your imagination.
Speak to no one who desires not to listen.
Act because it ought to be done.
I do nothing. The senses move among the objects of the senses.
No man is friend, no man is enemy, all are teachers.
Never justify nor excuse self - self has no individual rights.
We can have no bread without baking; knowledge is the water, emotions the flour, and
suffering the fire.
“I” is the astral body.
It is necessary to have had all illusions and all disillusions.
If you want to make tea, perhaps I can show you how to make It.
Man is stronger than a mule.
You believe: if i tell you to sit in the middle of the street, you will sit there. I believe only what I
can measure, and then I know.
Remember despair in periods of triumph; remember triumph in periods of despair. Failure in
success, and success in failure.
Man is the being who can do. that is, act consciously and according to one’s will. Differences in
men may be reduced to differences in the consciousness of their actions. First he must awake.
Then he will see that as he is now; he cannot do. He will have to die voluntarily. Then, when
dead, he may be born. But the just born cannot do anything. He must grow and learn.
No one is of any use to me unless he is first useful to himself.
I put people into situations to see how they will get out of them by themselves. You must make
the first efforts, then later I can help you.
To know and use, not the grammar of language, but the "grammar” of psyche associations.

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It is never the weather, but always the hand that sows.
The slug is higher than the donkey, because the slug is eaten by some people, the donkey by no
one.
We talk of superman, but we have never seen a man.
One must be very sure to be severe.
A new function makes a new organ, that is, a new understanding. We cannot understand
everything, however clearly it is expounded.
If all the cells of a tree tried to become seed cells, the law and structure of the tree would be
destroyed. But for this very law and structure a certain number of seeds cells are necessary.
Source: G.I. Gurdjieff – Gurdjieff´s Early Talks 1914-1931 (p.424-427)

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