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G. I. Gurdjieff Quotes and Sayings

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A "sin" is something which is not necessary.
- 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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- Abraham Lincoln

If the misery of the poor be caused
not by the laws of nature,
but by our institutions,
great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin

A sin is anything you do which goes against yourself
- don Miguel Ruiz

You shall not covet your neighbor's house;
you shall not covet your neighbor's wife,
nor his male servant, nor his female servant,
nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.
- Exodus 20:17

Being seventy is not a sin.
- Golda Meir

Success is the one unpardonable sin against our fellows.
- Ambrose Bierce

Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have
faith and rejoice in Christ.
- Martin Luther

Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin,
would I go to hell?" Priest: "No, not if you did not know."
Eskimo:
"Then why did you tell me?"
- Annie Dillard

He that would be angry and sin not, must not be angry with anything but sin.
- John Ruskin

The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty,
even one's own even more, one's own,
for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.
- Katherine Anne Porter

If you are going to sin, sin against God,
not the bureaucracy.
God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won't.
- Hyman Rickover

I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Change is the only constant.
Hanging on is the only sin.
- Denise McCluggage

Then came Peter to him, and said,
Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me,
and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee,
Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
- Matthew 18:21-22

He who is completely sanctified, or cleansed from all sin,
and dies in this state, is fit for glory.
- Adam Clarke

After the first blush of sin, comes its indifference.
- Henry David Thoreau

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for;
as for me,
I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
- H. L. Mencken

Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is,
of course, living in a state of sin.
- John von Neumann

To me an unnecessary action, or shot,
or casualty, was not only waste but sin.
- T. E. Lawrence

Only the old are innocent.
That is what the Victorians understood,
and the Christians.
Original sin is a property of the young.
The old grow beyond corruption very quickly.
- Malcolm Bradbury

I've got the best deal on Earth.
Where else can I sin and know that I'm forgiven for it?
- Armand Assante

One leak will sink a ship: and one sin will destroy a sinner.
- John Bunyan

And for yourself, whatever there has been either of sin or duty,
remember the one and forget the other,
and betake yourself wholly to the mercy of God and the merit of Christ.
- Donald Cargill

Lukewarmness I account a sin, as great in love as in religion.
- Abraham Cowley

Hypocrisy is not generally a social sin,
but a virtue.
- Judith Martin

If a law commands me to sin I will break it;
if it calls me to suffer,
I will let it take its course unresistingly.
- Angelina Grimke

The only sin is ugliness, and if we believed this with all our being,
all other activities of the human spirit could be left
to take care of themselves.
- Herbert Read

An original something, dear maid, you would wish me to write;
but how shall I begin? For I'm sure I have not original in me,
Excepting Original Sin.
- Thomas Campbell

The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out,
it's just sort of a tired feeling.
- Paula Poundstone

To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection,
but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else
is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin.
- Thomas Aquinas

In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely,
and without passport; whereas Virtue,
if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.
- Herman Melville

I would rather die than do something which I know to be a sin,
or to be against God's will.
- Joan of Arc

They sin who tell us Love can die: with Life all other passions fly,
all others are but vanity.
- Robert Southey

The theme is the theme of humiliation,
which is the square root of sin, as opposed to the
freedom from humiliation,
and love, which is the square root of wonderful.
- Carson McCullers

The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.
- Emma Goldman

The only sin passion can commit is to be joyless.
- Dorothy L. Sayers

It is right to hate sin, but not to hate the sinner.
- Giovanni Guareschi

The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one's self.
All sin is easy after that.
- Pearl Bailey

It is not enough to be delivered from sin;
it is enough to be delivered to righteousness.
- Edwin Louis Cole

Sin cannot be conceived in a natural state,
but only in a civil state, where it is decreed by common
consent what is good or bad.
- Baruch Spinoza

For God's sake, if you sin, take pleasure in it,
and do it for the pleasure.
- Gerald Gould

Not failure, but low aim is sin.
- Benjamin E. Mays

It makes a great deal of difference whether one wills
not to sin or has not the knowledge to sin.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Competition is a sin.
- John D. Rockefeller

Withholding information that would get innocent people
killed was the right thing to do,
not a journalistic sin.
- Eason Jordan

But what sin is to the moralist and crime to the jurist
so to the scientific man is ignorance.
- Frederick Soddy

Even as fog continues to lie in the valleys,
so does ancient sin cling to the low places,
the depressions in the world consciousness.
- Dewitt Bodeen

Going to the opera, like getting drunk,
is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.
- Hannah More

I learned early about the misery and dangers of life,
and about the afterlife, about the external punishment
which awaited the children of sin in Hell.
- Edvard Munch

The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a path to perfection.
No, it is perfect at every moment, every sin already carries grace in it.
- Herman Hesse

I had a Christian upbringing - it was all about sin and guilt.
I was very happy just kissing people.
I was like the make-out queen - not even second base.
- Mira Sorvino

There is only one real sin and that is to persuade
oneself that the second best is anything but second best.
- Doris Lessing

You cannot be responsible for salvation until first
you've been responsible for sin.
- Edwin Louis Cole

The starting point of sanctification is the filthiness,
corruption, or stain of sin.
- William Ames

Sin is still sin - no matter how you spell it.
- Edwin Louis Cole

I am no longer sure of anything.
If I satiate my desires, I sin but I deliver myself from them;
if I refuse to satisfy them,
they infect the whole soul.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

As the bull market goes on, people who take great risks achieve great rewards,
seemingly without punishment.
It's like crime without punishment or sex without sin.
- Ron Chernow

Let us consider that swearing is a sin of all others peculiarly clamorous,
and provocative of Divine judgment.
- Isaac Barrow

His was a great sin who first invented consciousness.
Let us lose it for a few hours.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Brethren, it is easier to declaim against a thousand sins of others,
than to mortify one sin in ourselves.
- John Flavel

It's a sin to be tired.
- Kate Moss

Pet lovers know that animals sometimes understand us better than we do,
and the annals of human sin and desire provide plenty
of stories to drive the point home.
- Tony Snow


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