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Idries Shah Quotes: "The word 'choice' is a fraud while people choose only what they have been taught to choose."

The word 'choice' is a fraud while people choose only what they have been taught to choose.




Idries Shah Quotes: "Knowledge is not gained, it is there all the time. It is the "veils" which have to be dissolved in the mind."

Knowledge is not gained, it is there all the time. It is the "veils" which have to be dissolved in the mind.




Idries Shah Quotes: "Trying to force something is the best way to stop it happening."

Trying to force something is the best way to stop it happening.



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: "You must empty out the dirty water before you fill the pitcher with clean."

You must empty out the dirty water before you fill the pitcher with clean.



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: "Meditation - Before you learn how to meditate, you must unlearn what you think meditation might be."

Meditation - Before you learn how to meditate, you must unlearn what you think meditation might be.




Idries Shah Quotes: "Have you noticed how many people who walk in the shade curse the Sun?"

Have you noticed how many people who walk in the shade curse the Sun?



Idries Shah Quotes: "Right time, right place, right people equals success. Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history."

Right time, right place, right people equals success. Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.



Idries Shah Quotes: "A motto of the human race: Let me do what I like, and give me approval as well."

A motto of the human race: Let me do what I like, and give me approval as well.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Study the assumptions behind your actions. Then study the assumptions behind your assumptions."

Study the assumptions behind your actions. Then study the assumptions behind your assumptions.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Knowledge is something which you can use. Belief is something which uses you."

Knowledge is something which you can use. Belief is something which uses you.




Idries Shah Quotes: "A king who feared wasps once decreed that they were abolished. As it happened, they did him no harm. But he was eventually stung to death by scorpions."

A king who feared wasps once decreed that they were abolished. As it happened, they did him no harm. But he was eventually stung to death by scorpions.



Idries Shah Quotes: "When tomorrow comes, think tomorrow's thoughts."

When tomorrow comes, think tomorrow's thoughts.



Idries Shah Quotes: "If, from time to time, you give up expectation, you will be able to perceive what it is you are getting."

If, from time to time, you give up expectation, you will be able to perceive what it is you are getting.



Idries Shah Quotes: "The chicken had his wish, and was magically transformed into a fox. Then he found that he could not digest grain."

The chicken had his wish, and was magically transformed into a fox. Then he found that he could not digest grain.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Please, not again what you studied, how long you spent at it, how many books you wrote, what people thought of you - but: what did you learn?"

Please, not again what you studied, how long you spent at it, how many books you wrote, what people thought of you - but: what did you learn?



Idries Shah Quotes: "Materialism, attachment to things of the world, includes pride. Many religious people suffer from pride: taking pleasure or even delight in being good, or religious."

Materialism, attachment to things of the world, includes pride. Many religious people suffer from pride: taking pleasure or even delight in being good, or religious.



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: "Effort makes some great men famous. Even greater effort enables other great men to remain unknown."

Effort makes some great men famous. Even greater effort enables other great men to remain unknown.



Idries Shah Quotes: "You are adrift while you still think that a means is an end."

You are adrift while you still think that a means is an end.



Idries Shah Quotes: "An egocentric pessimist is a person who thinks he hasn't changed, but that other people are behaving worse than before."

An egocentric pessimist is a person who thinks he hasn't changed, but that other people are behaving worse than before.



Idries Shah Quotes: "When you realize the difference between the container and the content, you will have knowledge."

When you realize the difference between the container and the content, you will have knowledge.



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: "To 'see both sides' of a problem is the surest way to prevent its complete solution. Because there are always more than two sides."

To 'see both sides' of a problem is the surest way to prevent its complete solution. Because there are always more than two sides.



Idries Shah Quotes: "The Way of the Sufis cannot be understood by means of the intellect or by ordinary book learning."

The Way of the Sufis cannot be understood by means of the intellect or by ordinary book learning.




Idries Shah Quotes: "The impatient man is his own enemy; he slams the door on his own progress."

The impatient man is his own enemy; he slams the door on his own progress.



Idries Shah Quotes: "When a belief becomes more than an instrument, you are lost. You remain lost until you learn what 'belief' is really for."

When a belief becomes more than an instrument, you are lost. You remain lost until you learn what 'belief' is really for.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Worry is a cloud which rains destruction."

Worry is a cloud which rains destruction.



Idries Shah Quotes: "You have not forgotten to remember; You have remembered to forget. But people can forget to forget. That is just as important as remembering to remember - and generally more practical."

You have not forgotten to remember; You have remembered to forget. But people can forget to forget. That is just as important as remembering to remember - and generally more practical.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Prescribing hard work for the soft, or easy work for the hardy, is generally nonsense. What is always needed in any aim is right effort, right time, right people, right materials."

Prescribing hard work for the soft, or easy work for the hardy, is generally nonsense. What is always needed in any aim is right effort, right time, right people, right materials.



Idries Shah Quotes: "It is the message, not the man, which is important to the Sufis."

It is the message, not the man, which is important to the Sufis.



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: "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: "The Path is not to be found anywhere except in human service"

The Path is not to be found anywhere except in human service



Idries Shah Quotes: "A real secret is something which only one person knows."

A real secret is something which only one person knows.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Enemies are often former or potential friends who have been denied - or think that they have been denied - something."

Enemies are often former or potential friends who have been denied - or think that they have been denied - something.



Idries Shah Quotes: "It is not important to have said a thing first, or best - or even most interestingly. What is important is to say it on the right occasion."

It is not important to have said a thing first, or best - or even most interestingly. What is important is to say it on the right occasion.



Idries Shah Quotes: "There is a Persian proverb: 'To test that which has been tested is ignorance.' To try to test something without the means of testing is even worse."

There is a Persian proverb: 'To test that which has been tested is ignorance.' To try to test something without the means of testing is even worse.



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: "The colour of the water seems to be the colour of the glass into which it has been poured'."

The colour of the water seems to be the colour of the glass into which it has been poured'.



Idries Shah Quotes: "The stupidest man I ever met had a favourite saying. It was: 'What do you think I am, stupid, or something?"

The stupidest man I ever met had a favourite saying. It was: 'What do you think I am, stupid, or something?



Idries Shah Quotes: "You need not wonder whether you should have an unreliable person as a friend. An unreliable person is nobody's friend."

You need not wonder whether you should have an unreliable person as a friend. An unreliable person is nobody's friend.



Idries Shah Quotes: "If you can turn a murderer into a mere thief, you are making progress."

If you can turn a murderer into a mere thief, you are making progress.



Idries Shah Quotes: "Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information."

Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information.



Idries Shah Quotes: "The more wakeful a man is to the things which surround him, the more asleep is he, and his waking is worse than his sleep."

The more wakeful a man is to the things which surround him, the more asleep is he, and his waking is worse than his sleep.




Idries Shah Quotes: "A generous person may not have wisdom: but, unlike others, he has the means to gain it."

A generous person may not have wisdom: but, unlike others, he has the means to gain it.