Enlightenment must come little by little - otherwise it would overwhelm.
Knowledge is not gained, it is there all the time. It is the "veils" which have to be dissolved in the mind.
The Sufi way is through knowledge and practice, not through intellect and talk.
Man (and woman) has an infinite capacity for self-development. Equally, he has an infinite capacity for self-destruction. A human being may be clinically alive and yet, despite all appearances, spiritually dead.
Have you noticed how many people who walk in the shade curse the Sun?
A motto of the human race: Let me do as I like, and give me approval as well.
Trying to force something is the best way to stop it happening.
The word 'choice' is a fraud while people choose only what they have been taught to choose.
Opinion is usually something which people have when they lack comprehensive information.
Right time, right place, right people equals success. Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.
You must empty out the dirty water before you fill the pitcher with clean.
The chicken had his wish, and was magically transformed into a fox. Then he found that he could not digest grain.
Study the assumptions behind your actions. Then study the assumptions behind your assumptions.
Effort makes some great men famous. Even greater effort enables other great men to remain unknown.
Meditation - Before you learn how to meditate, you must unlearn what you think meditation might be.
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?
When tomorrow comes, think tomorrow's thoughts.
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.
When a belief becomes more than an instrument, you are lost. You remain lost until you learn what 'belief' is really for.
You are still adrift while you still think that a means is an end.
The secret of Sufism is that it has no secret at all'.
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.
To 'see both sides' of a problem is the surest way to prevent its complete solution. Because there are always more than two sides.
Knowledge is something which you can use. Belief is something which uses you.
The impatient man is his own enemy; he slams the door on his own progress.
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