Idries Shah

«All approaches to a study or an individual may start with a desire for attention. However they start, they must never end up in this manner.»

Idries Shah


«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


«Most of the supposedly Sufi organizations, exercises and “orders” are in fact only of archaeological interest.»

Idries Shah


«You say that this society will come to an end, because societies always have done so.»

Idries Shah


«HE is a Master who may teach without it being totally labelled teaching; HE is a student who can learn without being obsessed by learning.»

Idries Shah


«People used to play with toys.»

Idries Shah


«Because sugar is not arsenic, many graves are full.»

Idries Shah


«These lecture provide material for the consideration of common factors, in theory and in development, from the viewpoint of the idea of surrender to the Divine Will, reviewing some aspects of the interplay between Christians and Moslems, and introducing material from and about Sufis.»

Idries Shah


«Forms have changed through the centuries in obedience to the external world to which all forms belong.»

Idries Shah


«Poor greedy one, wherever he runs»

Idries Shah


«The Sufi must be able to alternate his thought between the relative and the Absolute, the approximate and the Real.»

Idries Shah


«Greed harms you: generosity helps you. This is why it has been said: 'Greed is the mother of incapacity'.»

Idries Shah


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

Idries Shah


«Never follow any impulse to teach, however strong it might be. The command to teach is not felt as an impulsion.»

Idries Shah


«The main problem is that most commentators are accustomed to thinking of spiritual schools as 'systems', which are more or less alike, and which depend upon dogma and ritual: and especially upon repetition and the application of continual and standardised pressures upon their followers.»

Idries Shah


«Progress comes through capacity to learn, and is irresistible.»

Idries Shah


«The Sufis,' runs the saying, 'understand with their hearts what the most learned scholars cannot understand with their minds»

Idries Shah


«The means through which people may perceive Truth have forms; Truth has no form.»

Idries Shah


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

Idries Shah


«A Sufi is alive to the value of time, and is given, every moment, to what that moment demands.»

Idries Shah


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

Idries Shah


«But the minimum human duty is to serve others: it is no great attainment.»

Idries Shah


«Learning how to learn involves examining assumptions. Mulla Nasrudin tales very often fulfil this funcition.»

Idries Shah


«If your desire for 'good' is based on greed, it is not good, but greed.»

Idries Shah


«There is no wisdom where there is no common sense: it cannot under those conditions find any expression.»

Idries Shah


«Patience is a garment which has never worn out.»

Idries Shah


«Right time, right place, right people equals success.»

Idries Shah


«Patience is the food of understanding.»

Idries Shah


«Distribuzione»

Idries Shah


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

Idries Shah