MARCH 4 — GEORGE GURDJIEFF QUOTES
THAT WHICH COMES FROM HEREDITY I HAVE PITY FOR, FOR THE SECOND I HAVE HALF-PITY, BUT THE THIRD I NEVER FORGIVE
Questioner: There are two qualities of pity. One can have contemptuous pity.
Gurdjieff: You — you have this pity but I do not have it. Either I have pity or I don't. Either he is mad or he is insolent. If he is mad, I have pity. If he is insolent, I do that (a blow) and I smash his facade — if he is in a place where I can do it — that is if he is not mad, if he is insolent. If he is mad I at once give him everything he wants. If I see that he is insolent and that there are no police about, he will never forget me — he will have lost three or four teeth. But pity is necessary. Everybody has pity. If you look in detail, you will see that one part comes from heredity, another from education which has spoiled you, and the third comes from the sins of youth which you have committed. These qualities — that which comes from heredity I have pity for, for the second I have half-pity, but the third I never forgive. I explain subjective things to you. But if you use these in your life, you will never deceive yourself. One part comes from heredity, the second from education, the third from your behavior in youth.
~ George Gurdjieff "Paris/Wartime Meetings"
ONLY ONE PLACE FOR OUR PSYCHIC EXPERIENCES
Self-love... occupies almost half of our time and our life. If someone, or something, has wounded our self-love from outside, then, not only at that moment but for a long time afterwards, its momentum closes all the doors, and therefore shuts out life.
When I am connected with outside, I live. If I live only inside myself, it is not life; but everybody lives thus. When I examine myself, I connect myself with the outside.
For instance, now I sit here. M. is here and also K. We live together. M. called me a fool — I am offended. K. gave me a scornful look — I am offended. I consider, I am hurt and shall not calm down and come to myself for a long time.
All people are so affected, all have similar experiences the whole time. One experience subsides, but no sooner has it subsided than another of the same nature starts. Our machinery is so arranged that there are no separate places where different things can be experienced simultaneously.
We have only one place for our psychic experiences. And so if this place is occupied with such experiences as these, there can be no question of our having the experiences we desire. And if certain attainments or liberations are supposed to bring us to certain experiences, they will not do so if things remain as they are.
~ George Gurdjieff "Views from the Real World"
SEEING THEM, I CAN PRODUCE IMPULSE OF LOVE IN ME
I asked him, "Why don't you work here in the fresh air in these beautiful surroundings?" I gestured toward the rose garden, the goldfish pond, and the rows of sycamore trees in front of us.
Gurdjieff replied, "I always work in cafes, dance halls, places where I see people, how they are; where I see those most drunk, most abnormal. Seeing them, I can produce impulse of love in me. From that I write my books."
~ Louise Goepfert March “The Gurdjieff Years”
HE REALIZE HIS NONENTITY
(He [Gurdjieff] explains the two hopeless idiots to Georgie [Georgette LaBlanc].)
Two kinds of hopeless idiots, objective and subjective. Objective, he is merde, nothing never he can do. Subjective have possibility not be merde. He already come into place where he himself know he is hopeless, he realize his nonentity. He possibility have not be merde always such as he is. Every man have moment when he can imagine that he is God.
~ "Gurdjieff and the Women of the Rope"