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A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will
by G. I. Gurdjieff

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

A "sin" is something which is not necessary.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

If you want to lose your faith, make friends with a priest.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

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.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

 

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.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

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.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

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.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

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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.
- G. I. Gurdjieff

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands,
that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his language,
that goes to his heart.
- Nelson Mandela

If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- The Buddha

A man is truly ethical only when he obeys
the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist,
and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
- Albert Schweitzer

Behind an able man there are always other able men.
- Chinese proverb

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance
to drive away the hunger.
- Saint Basil

Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only
by the man who is as well organized
in his individuality as the mass itself.
- Carl Jung

A man can do only what he can do.
But if he does that each day he can sleep at night
and do it again the next day.
- Albert Schweitzer

The Universe is one great kindergarten for man.
Everything that exists has brought
with it its own peculiar lesson.
- Orison Swett Marden

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
- Albert Schweitzer

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing,
and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
- George Bernard Shaw

A man who as a physical being
is always turned toward the outside,
thinking that his happiness lies outside him,
finally turns inward and
discovers that the source is within him.
- Soren Kierkegaard

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
- John Morley

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

If thou wilt make a man happy,
add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
- Epicurus

A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.
- Yiddish Proverb

A man is as unhappy as he has convinced himself he is.
- Seneca

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question
than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
- Bruce Lee

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence
but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man,
but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A man in debt is so far a slave.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
- The Bible

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives
and not in what he is able to receive.
- Albert Einstein

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

When the tempest rages, when the thunders roar,
and the lightnings blaze around us
it is then that the truly brave man stands firm at his post.
- Luther Martin

Man plans, God laughs
- Yiddish Proverb

If a man does his best, what else is there?
- George S. Patton

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

Any man who reads too much
and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

Every man must decide whether he will
walk in the light of creative altruism
or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me,
that man with all his noble qualities...
still bears in his bodily frame
the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.
- Charles Darwin

Is the babe young? When I behold it,
it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
- Henry David Thoreau

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

No man is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures -
and that is the basis of all human morality.
- John F. Kennedy

Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

A wise man will make haste to forgive,
because he knows the true value of time,
and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain.
- Samuel Johnson

One man with courage makes a majority.
- old saying probably repeated by Andrew Jackson
(falsely attributed to Jefferson)

A man's good name is his best monument
- from an old churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland

The man who is successful is the man who is useful.
- Bourke Cockran

If there is anything that a man can do well,
I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

A man is what he thinks about all day long.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To measure the man, measure his heart.
- Malcolm S. Forbes


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