Quotations by G. I. Gurdjieff
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Born: Saturday, January 13, 1872
Died: Saturday, October 29, 1949 (77 years old)
A "sin" is something which is not necessary.
A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.
(Keywords: Man, Suffering, Will)
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.
(Keywords: Books, Ceremony, Value)
If you want to lose your faith, make friends with a priest.
(Keywords: Faith, Friends, Want)
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.
(Keywords: Faith, Trust, Man)
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.
(Keywords: Mistake, Man)
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.
(Keywords: Religion, Fantasy, Man, Philosophy)
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.
(Keywords: Knowledge, Machine, Man, Self, Self knowledge, Understanding, Will)