Man’s chief delusion is his conviction that he can do. All people think that they can do, all people want to do, and the first question all people ask is what they are to do. But actually nobody does anything and nobody can do anything. This is the first thing that must be understood. Everything happens. All that befalls a man, all that is done by him, all that comes from him—all this happens. ~ George Gurdjieff Quotes
There is a special type of will that arises whenever we intentionally engage in an act of not-doing – and make the effortless effort required to simply detach and let go.
All the people you see, all the people you know, all the people you may get to know, are machines, actual machines working solely under the power of external influences. ~ George Gurdjieff Quotes
Sometimes our worst enemies can be our best mirrors, because they show us things about ourselves that friends tend to overlook.
In India there are only “philosophical’ schools. It was divided up in that way long ago; in India there was ‘philosophy,’ in Egypt ‘theory,’ and in present-day Persia, Mesopotamia, and Turkestan—’practice’… But you do not clearly understand what I mean by ‘philosophy,’ ‘theory,’ and ‘practice.’ These words must be understood in a different way. ~ George Gurdjieff Quotes
Getting broken isn’t bad if it ends up opening you the light.
There is a possibility of ceasing to be a machine. It is of this we must think and not about the different kinds of machines that exist. ~ George Gurdjieff Quotes