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    p.d. ouspensky Quotes

    Art is the communication of ecstasy.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    The number of laws is constantly growing in all countries and, owing to this, what is called crime is very often not a crime at all, for it contains no element of violence or harm.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: crimes  violence  law 
     
    There is no tyranny more ferocious than the tyranny of morality. Everything is sacrificed to it.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: morality 
     
    Begin with the possible: begin with one step. There is always a limit you cannot do more than you can do. If you try to do too much you will do nothing
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    Many things are mechanical and should remain mechanical. But mechanical thoughts, mechanical feelings-that is what has to be studied and can and should be changed. Mechanical thinking is not worth a penny. You can think about many things mechanically, but you will get nothing from it.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: thoughts  thinking  worth 
     
    Attaining consciousness is connected with the gradual liberation from mechanicalness, for man is fully and completely under mechanical laws.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: men  law 
     
    Man is a machine which reacts blindly to external forces and, this being so, he has no will, and very little control of himself, if any at all. What we have to study, therefore, is not psychology-for that applies only to a developed man-but mechanics. Man is not only a machine but a machine which works very much below the standard it would be capable of maintaining if it were working properly.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: men  work  control  machine  standard 
     
    Desire is when you do what you want, will is when you can do what you do not want.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: desires 
     
    It is by overcoming obstacles that man develops those qualities he needs.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: men  quality 
     
    Most people can accept the truth only in the form of a lie.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: truth  people  lies 
     
    The strangest and most fantastic fact about negative emotions is that people actually worship them.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: people  emotion  facts  worship 
     
    People live in sleep, do everything in sleep, and do not know they are asleep.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: people  live  sleep 
     
    When a man begins to know himself a little he will see in himself many things that are bound to horrify him. So long as a man is not horrified at himself he knows nothing about himself.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: men 
     
    The greatest barrier to consciousness is the belief that one is already conscious.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: belief  conscious 
     
    Divide in yourself the mechanical from the conscious, see how little there is of the conscious, how seldom it works, and how strong is the mechanical - mechanical attitudes, mechanical intentions, mechanical thoughts, mechanical desires.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    When one realises one is asleep, at that moment one is already half-awake.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: moment 
     
    Love is the eternally burning fire in which humanity & all the world are being purified.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: humanity  world  fire 
     
    It is only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: meaning 
     
    In existing criminology there are concepts: a criminal man, a criminal profession, a criminal society, a criminal sect, and a criminal tribe, but there is no concept of a criminal state, or a criminal government, or criminal legislation. Consequently what is often regarded as "political" activity is in fact a criminal activity.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    Seek the Path, do not seek attainment, Seek for the Path within yourself. Do not expect to hear the truth from others, nor to see it, or read it in books. Look for the truth in yourself, not without yourself.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: truth  book  read  path 
     
    Can one alter one´s chief feature?" asked someone else. First it is necessary to know it. If you know it, much will depend on the quality of your knowing. If you know it well, then it is possible to change it.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: knowing  quality 
     
    We often think we express negative emotions, not because we cannot help it, but because we should express them.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: emotion  help 
     
    Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    If a man gives way to all his desires, or panders to them, there will be no inner struggle in him, no 'friction,' no fire. But if, for the sake of attaining a definite aim, he struggles with desires that hinder him, he will then create a fire which will gradually transform his inner world into a single whole.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: desires  men  world  fire  struggle 
     
    If you want to remember yourself, the best thing is not to think about yourself. As long as you think about yourself, you will not remember yourself.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    A symbol may serve to transfer our intuitions and to suggest new ones only so long as its meaning is not defined.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: meaning  intuition 
     
    Two things can get people to make efforts: if people want to get something, or if they want to get rid of something. Only, in ordinary conditions, without knowledge, people do not know what they can get rid of or what they can gain.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: people 
     
    a man can be given only what he can use; and he can use only that for which he has sacrificed something
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: men 
     
    Psychology is sometimes called a new science. This is quite wrong. Psychology is, perhaps, the oldest science, and, unfortunately, in its most essential features a forgotten science.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: wrong  psychology 
     
    I've found that the chief difficulty for most people was to realize that they had really heard new things: that is things that they had never heard before. They kept translating what they heard into their habitual language. They had ceased to hope and believe there might be anything new.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: people  language  believe  hope 
     
    Effort plus motive equals result.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    The most difficult thing is to know what we do know, and what we do not know.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    The problem of Eternity, of which the face of the Sphinx speaks, takes us into the realm of the impossible. Even the problem of Time is simple in comparison with the problem of Eternity.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    I mean that you always know what results will come from one or another of your actions; but in a strange way you want to do one thing and get the result that could only come from another
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    Man is confronted with two obvious facts: The existence of the world in which he lives; and the existence of psychic life in himself.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: men  world  existence 
     
    To remember oneself means the same thing as to be aware of oneself - I am. It is not a function, not thinking, not feeling; it is a different state of consciousness.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: oneself  thinking 
     
    Learn to see it in thyself and thou wilt understand the infinite essence, hidden in all illusory forms. Understand that the world which thou knowest is only one of the aspects of the infinite world, and things and phenomena are merely hierolgyphics of deeper ideas.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: world  learn  ideas 
     
    Our ancestors were very rich and eminent people, and they left us an enormous inheritance, which we have completely forgotten, especially since the time when we began to consider ourselves the descendants of a monkey.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: time  people 
     
    There is no possibility of remembering what has been found and understood, and later repeating it to oneself. It disappears as a dream disappears. Perhaps it is all nothing but a dream.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    In all living nature (and perhaps also in that which we consider as dead) love is the motive force which drives the creative activity in the most diverse directions.
    — P.D. Ouspensky
    tags: nature  living  creative 
     
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