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


«Laziness is always your fault. It is the sign that a man has persevered in uselessness for too long.»

Idries Shah


«Dramatic. A well developed sense of the dramatic has values beyond what people usually imagine. One of these is to realise the limitations of a sense of the dramatic.»

Idries Shah


«Saying of the Prophet»

Idries Shah


«From the beginning, from the age of Adam to the time of kingship: from the powerful, pardon: from the poor, sins.»

Idries Shah


«You fear tomorrow: yet yesterday is just as dangerous.»

Idries Shah


«The institution of teachership is there for this reason, that the learner must learn how to learn.»

Idries Shah


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

Idries Shah


«Christian scholars often say that Sufi theories are close to those of Christianity. Many Moslems maintain that they are essentially derived from Islam. The resemblance of many Sufi ideas to those of several religious and esoteric systems are sometimes taken as evidence of derivation. The Islamic interpretation is that religion is of one origin, differences being due to local or historical causes.»

Idries Shah


«Opportunity's precious, and time is a sword.»

Idries Shah