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Idries Shah Quotes: "The union of the mind and intuition which brings about illumination, and the development which the Sufis seek, is based upon love."

The union of the mind and intuition which brings about illumination, and the development which the Sufis seek, is based upon love.




Idries Shah Quotes: "A man must be a Solomon before his magical ring will work"

A man must be a Solomon before his magical ring will work



Idries Shah Quotes: "Saying of the ProphetEnvyEnvy devours good deeds, as a fire devours fuel."

Saying of the ProphetEnvyEnvy devours good deeds, as a fire devours fuel.



Idries Shah Quotes: "You can keep going on much less attention than you crave."

You can keep going on much less attention than you crave.




Idries Shah Quotes: "The proverb says that 'The answer to a fool is silence'. Observation, however, indicates that almost any other answer will have the same effect in the long run."

The proverb says that 'The answer to a fool is silence'. Observation, however, indicates that almost any other answer will have the same effect in the long run.



Idries Shah Quotes: "When Fortune knocks, open the door, ' they say. But why should one make fortune knock, by keeping the door shut?"

When Fortune knocks, open the door, ' they say. But why should one make fortune knock, by keeping the door shut?



Idries Shah Quotes: "Definitions from Mulla Do-PiazaTruthful man:He who is, secretly, regarded by everyone as an enemy."

Definitions from Mulla Do-PiazaTruthful man:He who is, secretly, regarded by everyone as an enemy.




Idries Shah Quotes: "Progress comes through capacity to learn, and is irresistible."

Progress comes through capacity to learn, and is irresistible.



Idries Shah Quotes: "The human being, whether he realises it or not, is trusting someone or something every moment of the day."

The human being, whether he realises it or not, is trusting someone or something every moment of the day.



Idries Shah Quotes: "A man's capacity is the same as his breadth of vision."

A man's capacity is the same as his breadth of vision.



Idries Shah Quotes: "If you want to strengthen an enemy and make him exult - hate him."

If you want to strengthen an enemy and make him exult - hate him.



Idries Shah Quotes: "What you are seeking in your retreat, I see clearly in every road and alleyway."

What you are seeking in your retreat, I see clearly in every road and alleyway.




Idries Shah Quotes: "The Sufi way is through knowledge and practice, not through intellect and talk."

The Sufi way is through knowledge and practice, not through intellect and talk.



Idries Shah Quotes: "But one may say something and yet not be able to do it. Try, for instance, lifting yourself up by the bootstraps."

But one may say something and yet not be able to do it. Try, for instance, lifting yourself up by the bootstraps.



Idries Shah Quotes: "You will always have doubts, but only discover them at a useful time for your weakness to point them out."

You will always have doubts, but only discover them at a useful time for your weakness to point them out.



Idries Shah Quotes: "None should say : 'I can trust, ' or 'I cannot trust' until he is a master of the option, of trusting or not trusting."

None should say : 'I can trust, ' or 'I cannot trust' until he is a master of the option, of trusting or not trusting.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Two people can illustrate crudity to you.The first is the crude man, whom you see perceiving the diamond as a stone.The other is the refined man, who makes clear to you the crudity of the first one."

Two people can illustrate crudity to you.The first is the crude man, whom you see perceiving the diamond as a stone.The other is the refined man, who makes clear to you the crudity of the first one.



Idries Shah Quotes: "A man is deficient in understanding until he perceives that there is a whole cycle of evolution possible within himself: repeating endlessly, offering opportunities for personal development."

A man is deficient in understanding until he perceives that there is a whole cycle of evolution possible within himself: repeating endlessly, offering opportunities for personal development.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Angels are the powers hidden in the faculties and organs of man"

Angels are the powers hidden in the faculties and organs of man



Idries Shah Quotes: "Sufis aim to refine human consciousness. This is Sufi mysticism: not mystification or magic, but a specific Path."

Sufis aim to refine human consciousness. This is Sufi mysticism: not mystification or magic, but a specific Path.



Idries Shah Quotes: "It is not only a matter of not caring who knows - it is also a matter of knowing who cares."

It is not only a matter of not caring who knows - it is also a matter of knowing who cares.



Idries Shah Quotes: "In the realm of Greater Understanding, the workshop is dismantled after the work is finished."

In the realm of Greater Understanding, the workshop is dismantled after the work is finished.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Neither imagine that you are false, nor lash yourself, for both may be forms of self-indulgence."

Neither imagine that you are false, nor lash yourself, for both may be forms of self-indulgence.



Idries Shah Quotes: "… the Sufi attitude is: ‘Let the real truth, whatever it may be, be revealed to me’."

… the Sufi attitude is: ‘Let the real truth, whatever it may be, be revealed to me’.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Deteriorated science is a cult, so is imitative or deteriorated Sufism."

Deteriorated science is a cult, so is imitative or deteriorated Sufism.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Much religious teaching in the world is in reality a confused or deteriorated form, very different from its roots."

Much religious teaching in the world is in reality a confused or deteriorated form, very different from its roots.



Idries Shah Quotes: "We and all our existences are non-entities. Thou art the absolute being whose appearance is transitory."

We and all our existences are non-entities. Thou art the absolute being whose appearance is transitory.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Sufism is the doing in this lifetime what any fool will be doing in then thousand years’ time."

Sufism is the doing in this lifetime what any fool will be doing in then thousand years’ time.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Because there is a word for perfection, people will always imagine that they know it."

Because there is a word for perfection, people will always imagine that they know it.



Idries Shah Quotes: "One should not pray if that prayer is vanity."

One should not pray if that prayer is vanity.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Three ThingsThree things cannot be retrieved:The arrow once sped from the bowThe word spoken in hasteThe missed opportunity.(Ali the Lion, Caliph of Islam, son-in-law of Mohammed the Prophet), "

Three ThingsThree things cannot be retrieved:The arrow once sped from the bowThe word spoken in hasteThe missed opportunity.(Ali the Lion, Caliph of Islam, son-in-law of Mohammed the Prophet),



Idries Shah Quotes: "The real generosity is when a man does something generous when nobody knows about it."

The real generosity is when a man does something generous when nobody knows about it.



Idries Shah Quotes: "The tongue is the best masseur of furrowed brows."

The tongue is the best masseur of furrowed brows.



Idries Shah Quotes: "I have heard all that you have had to say to me on your problems.You ask me what to do about them.It is my view that your real problem is that you are a member of the human race.Face that one first."

I have heard all that you have had to say to me on your problems.You ask me what to do about them.It is my view that your real problem is that you are a member of the human race.Face that one first.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Advice is priceless: when it becomes interference it is preposterous."

Advice is priceless: when it becomes interference it is preposterous.



Idries Shah Quotes: "The barren branches may appear inelegant: They are, to the cook, the means to make his fire."

The barren branches may appear inelegant: They are, to the cook, the means to make his fire.



Idries Shah Quotes: "The practice of the Sufis is too sublime to have a formal beginning, "

The practice of the Sufis is too sublime to have a formal beginning,



Idries Shah Quotes: "Enlightenment must come little by little - otherwise it would overwhelm."

Enlightenment must come little by little - otherwise it would overwhelm.



Idries Shah Quotes: "The degree of necessity determines the development of organs in man… therefore increase your necessity."

The degree of necessity determines the development of organs in man… therefore increase your necessity.



Idries Shah Quotes: "The laziness of adolescence is a rehearsal for the incapacity of old age."

The laziness of adolescence is a rehearsal for the incapacity of old age.



Idries Shah Quotes: "You fear tomorrow: yet yesterday is just as dangerous."

You fear tomorrow: yet yesterday is just as dangerous.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Opinion is usually something which people have when they lack comprehensive information."

Opinion is usually something which people have when they lack comprehensive information.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Sufism was formerly a reality without a name: now it is a name without a reality."

Sufism was formerly a reality without a name: now it is a name without a reality.



Idries Shah Quotes: "ANDAKI:	EFFORT IS NOT EFFORT WITHOUT ZAMAN, MAKAN, IKHWAN (RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT PEOPLE)."

ANDAKI: EFFORT IS NOT EFFORT WITHOUT ZAMAN, MAKAN, IKHWAN (RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT PEOPLE).



Idries Shah Quotes: "An old fool is worse than a young one: For the young may always grow wise. (Zohair)"

An old fool is worse than a young one: For the young may always grow wise. (Zohair)



Idries Shah Quotes: "People who have fallacious objectives are like the barren soil. The flowers grow from soil which is composed of the right objectives."

People who have fallacious objectives are like the barren soil. The flowers grow from soil which is composed of the right objectives.



Idries Shah Quotes: "If you do not understand, you cannot love. You can only imagine that you love."

If you do not understand, you cannot love. You can only imagine that you love.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Banality is like boredom: bored people are boring people, people who think that things are banal are themselves banal.Interesting people can find something interesting in all things."

Banality is like boredom: bored people are boring people, people who think that things are banal are themselves banal.Interesting people can find something interesting in all things.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Be a dog, but don't be a younger brother.Proverb."

Be a dog, but don't be a younger brother.Proverb.