P.D. Ouspensky Quotes
Born: March 17, 1878
Died: October 2, 1947
Most people can accept the truth only in the form of a lie.
Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem.
I felt that on a basis of a 'search for the miraculous' it would be possible to unite together a very large number of people who were no longer able to swallow the customary forms of lying and living in lying.
What is the best way to look for one?s chief feature?' someone asked. Simply see yourself. I do not know how to explain it better. It is possible one may find something -- chief feature of the moment. It is imaginary personality, this is the chief feature for everybody.'Can one alter one?s chief feature?' asked someone else. First it is necessary to know it. If you know it, much will depend on the quality of your knowing. If you know it well, then it is possible to change it.
A symbol may serve to transfer our intuitions and to suggest new ones only so long as its meaning is not defined.
Truths that become old become decrepit and unreliable, sometimes they may be kept going artificially for a certain time, but there is no life in them.
Two things can get people to make efforts: if people want to get something, or if they want to get rid of something. Only, in ordinary conditions, without knowledge , people do not know what they can get rid of or what they can gain.
Man is confronted with two obvious facts: The existence of the world in which he lives, and the existence of psychic life in himself.
Art is the communication of ecstasy.
One cannot keep all the old views and opinions and acquire new ones.
Effort plus motive equals result.
I have become so accustomed to think 'scientifically' that I am afraid even to imagine that there may be something else beyond the outer covering of life. I feel like a man condemned to death, whose companions have been hanged and who has already become reconciled to the thought that the same fate awaits him.
Love is the eternally burning fire in which humanity & all the world are being purified.
Can one alter one?s chief feature?' asked someone else. First it is necessary to know it. If you know it, much will depend on the quality of your knowing. If you know it well, then it is possible to change it.
Philosophy is based on speculation, on logic, on thought, on the synthesis of what we know and on the analysis of what we do not know. Philosophy must include within its confines the whole content of science, religion and art.
The most difficult thing is to know what we do know, and what we do not know.
Attaining consciousness is connected with the gradual liberation from mechanicalness, for man is fully and completely under mechanical laws.
The problem of Eternity, of which the face of the Sphinx speaks, takes us into the realm of the impossible. Even the problem of Time is simple in comparison with the problem of Eternity.
Learn to see it in thyself and thou wilt understand the infinite essence, hidden in all illusory forms. Understand that the world which thou knowest is only one of the aspects of the infinite world, and things and phenomena are merely hierolgyphics of deeper ideas.
Besides, all evil is relative. Something that is evil at one level of evolution can be good at an earlier stage because it provides the essential stimulus for development. But you want to judge everything by your own standards. You have reached a comparatively high level and so you see what you fight against as evil. Just think of the others, those who are at an earlier stage of development. Do not bar them from the path toward progress and evolution.