"Taken in itself, a man's being has many different sides. The most characteristic feature of a modern man is the absence of unity in him and, further, the absence in him of even traces of those properties which he most likes to ascribe to himself, that is, 'lucid consciousness,' 'free will,' a 'permanent ego or I,' and the 'ability to do.' It may surprise you if I say that the chief feature of a modern man's being which explains everything else that is lacking in him is sleep."
G. I Gurdjieff
"You do not realize enough that your attention is your only chance. Without it you can do nothing."
Jeanne de Salzmann
"As long as a man does not separate himself from himself he can achieve nothing . . . When we say 'to separate oneself from oneself' it means that the mind should stand apart from the essence."
“All work begins with the control of attention. At first it is sufficient to concentrate on preventing the eyes from straying. Then enters the struggle with wandering thoughts and negative emotions. Always one must give account to oneself and remember that one thing can only be had at the expense of another."
"Everything we need is here in us. Everything for fuller being. There is a kind of sacred descent of attention that can bring this about. Seeing the obstacles, thoughts, feelings, yes, perhaps a pressure that keeps me from it. But if I can relax inside, just allow the pure attention to flow in, be in that. Very natural. It's what we are.
Attention: a sacred energy coming into me. Be sensitive to it. Recognize again and again that it is there."
Michel de Salzmann
“It is possible to study the sun, the moon. But man has everything within him. I have inside me the sun, the moon, God. I am — all life in its totality. To understand, one must know oneself.”