George Gurdjieff Quotes

A man can only attain knowledge with the help of those who possess it. This must be understood from the very beginning. One must learn from him who knows.





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George Gurdjieff
George Gurdjieff
  • Born: January 13, 1872
  • Died: October 29, 1949
  • Nationality: Armenian
  • Profession: Philosopher

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff was a mystic, philosopher, spiritual teacher, and composer of Armenian and Greek descent, born in Alexandrapol (now Gyumri), Armenia. Gurdjieff taught that most humans do not possess a unified consciousness, and thus live their lives in a state of hypnotic "waking sleep", but that it is possible to awaken to a higher state of consciousness and achieve full human potential. Gurdjieff described a method attempting to do so, calling the discipline "The Work" (connoting "work on oneself") or "the Method". According to his principles and instructions, Gurdjieff's method for awakening one's consciousness unites the methods of the fakir, monk and yogi, and thus he referred to it as the "Fourth Way".