G. I. Gurdjieff

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Born Saturday 13 January 1872, died Saturday 29 October 1949

Occupation: Educator

Nationality: Armenian

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.

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A "sin" is something which is not necessary.

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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.

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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.

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If you want to lose your faith, make friends with a priest.

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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.

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A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.

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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.

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