Aphorisms

This collection of posts includes all the aphorisms that were written in Gurdjieff’s invented script around the walls of the study house at the Prieuré.

  • Advice to Reyna D’Assia #1 This collection of “commandments” were given by Gurdjieff to his daughter Reyna D’Assia. We print them here in consecutive posts in groups of roughly 20. – Never contradict; instead, be silent. – Do not contract debts; acquire and pay immediately. – If you offend someone, ask his or her pardon; if you have offended a person publicly, apologize publicly. – ...
  • Advice to Reyna D’assia #2 More “commandments” given by Gurdjieff to his daughter Reyna D’Assia – Do not speak of your personal problems. – Do not express judgment or criticism when you are ignorant of most of the factors involved. – Do not establish useless friendships. – Transform your pride into dignity. – Transform your anger into creativity. – Transform your greed into respect for beauty. – Transform ...
  • Advice to Reyna D’Assia #3 Final set of  “commandments” from G to his daughter Reyna D’Assia – Never visit someone only to pass the time. – Sleep and eat only as much as necessary. – Never brag about amorous adventures. – If you decide to work to help others, do it with pleasure. – Never glorify your weaknesses. – Conquer your aversions and come closer to ...
  • Gurdjieff’s Advice on Reading The Tales From The Tales… ACCORDING TO the numerous deductions and conclusions made by me during experimental elucidations concerning the productivity of the perception by contemporary people of new impressions from what is heard and read, and also according to the thought of ...
  • Study House Aphorisms #1 Like what “it” does not like. The highest that a man can attain is to be able to do. The worse the conditions of life the more productive the work, always provided you remember the work. Remember yourself always and everywhere. Remember you come here having already understood the necessity of struggling with yourself—only with yourself. Therefore thank everyone ...
  • Study House Aphorisms #2 I love him who loves work. We can only strive to be able to be Christians. Don’t judge a man by the tales of others. Consider what people think of you—not what they say. Take the understanding of the East and the knowledge of the West—and then seek. Only he who can take care of what belongs to others may ...
  • Study House Aphorisms #3 If you have not by nature a critical mind your staying here is useless. He who has freed himself of the disease of “tomorrow” has a chance to attain what he came here for. Blessed is he who has a soul, blessed is he who has none, but woe and grief to him who has it in ...