George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, 1873 - 1949
Born: 14 January 1873 (uncertain, 1866-1877), Alexandropol, Russian Empire (now Gyumri, Armenia)
Died: 29 October 1949, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
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- A change of being cannot be brought about by any rites. Rites can only mark an accomplished transition. And it is only in pseudo-esoteric systems in which there is nothing else except these rites, that they begin to attribute to the rites an independent meaning... Inner growth, a change of being, depends entirely upon the work which a man must do on himself. permalink
- A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake. permalink
- If a sufficient number of people who wanted to stop war really did gather together, they would first of all begin by making war upon those who disagreed with them. And it is still more certain that they would make war on people who also want to stop wars permalink
- 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. permalink
quoted by P. D. Ouspensky in In Search of the Miraculous (1949)
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