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„Our development is like that of a butterfly. We must die and be born again, just as the egg dies and becomes a caterpillar, the caterpillar dies and becomes chrysalis, the chrysalis dies, and then the butterfly can be born.”

“The process is long and the butterfly lives only for a day or two. But the cosmic goal is fulfilled. It’s the same with man. We need to destroy our buffers. Children don’t have these; that’s why we need to become like small children.”

(Gurdjieff, Prieuré, June 2nd, 1922)


“When we learn, we only listen to our own thoughts.Therefore, we are only able to hear new thoughts if we have a new way of listening and studying.”

(Gurdjieff, London, February 13th,1922)


“When the body rebels against work, fatigue soon occurs. However, this is not the right time to rest as this would be a victory for the body.” “Do not rest when the body desires it, you should rest when your mind knows to rest. To do this, you need to know and be able to distinguish between the language of the body and that of the mind, and to be honest.”

(Gurdjieff, Prieuré, March 25th,1922)

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