Idries Shah Famous Quotes & Sayings

100 Idries Shah Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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He discards a quilt for fear of bugs.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: He discards a quilt for fear of bugs.
The Sufis,' runs the saying, 'understand with their hearts what the most learned scholars cannot understand with their mindsIdries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: The Sufis,' runs the saying, 'understand with their hearts what the most learned scholars cannot
The worst of sages is a visitor of princes; the best of princes is a visitor of sages.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: The worst of sages is a visitor of princes; the best of princes is a
Brotherhood" to the more civilised is connected with training and identity of interest.' ManIdries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Brotherhood" to the more civilised is connected with training and identity of interest.' Man
Too much kindness towards the fox may mean doom for the rabbit.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Too much kindness towards the fox may mean doom for the rabbit.
The aspirant has to be guided by a mentor. The stage at which this guidance can take effect is seldom, if ever, perceptible to the learner.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: The aspirant has to be guided by a mentor. The stage at which this guidance
Saying of the Prophet
The Bequest
I have nothing to leave you except my family.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Saying of the ProphetThe BequestI have nothing to leave you except my family.
It has truly been said that 'Humility is not so much a virtue as a necessity, in order to learn.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: It has truly been said that 'Humility is not so much a virtue as a
It is not only a matter of not caring who knows - it is also a matter of knowing who cares.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: It is not only a matter of not caring who knows - it is also
Until you can understand illogicality, and the meaningfulness of it, shun the Sufis except for limited, precise, self-evident services.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Until you can understand illogicality, and the meaningfulness of it, shun the Sufis except for
Poor greedy one, wherever he runs
He's after food, and death is after him.
(Saadi)
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Poor greedy one, wherever he runs He's after food, and death is after him.(Saadi)
Q: How can I help myself?
A: By remembering the proverb: 'The Path is not to be found anywhere except in human service', from Saadi.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Q: How can I help myself?A: By remembering the proverb: 'The Path is not to
Saying of the Prophet
Desire
Desire not the world, and God will love you. Desire not what others have, and they will love you.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Saying of the ProphetDesireDesire not the world, and God will love you. Desire not what
Sufism is, in operation, pragmatic.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Sufism is, in operation, pragmatic.
Definitions from Mulla Do-Piaza
Intellectual: One who knows no craft.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Definitions from Mulla Do-PiazaIntellectual: One who knows no craft.
Service
I will not serve God like a labourer, in expectation of my wages.

Rabia el-Adawia.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: ServiceI will not serve God like a labourer, in expectation of my wages.Rabia el-Adawia.
But one may say something and yet not be able to do it. Try, for instance, lifting yourself up by the bootstraps.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: But one may say something and yet not be able to do it. Try, for
A man is deficient in understanding until he perceives that there is a whole cycle of evolution possible within himself: repeating endlessly, offering opportunities for personal development.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: A man is deficient in understanding until he perceives that there is a whole cycle
Brave is the thief who carries a lamp in his hand.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Brave is the thief who carries a lamp in his hand.
Right time, right place, right people equals success.
Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most of the real human history.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Right time, right place, right people equals success.Wrong time, wrong place, wrong people equals most
You will never reach Mecca, because you are on the road to SamarkandIdries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: You will never reach Mecca, because you are on the road to Samarkand
Helping others
I order you to assist any oppressed person, whether he is a Moslem or not.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Helping othersI order you to assist any oppressed person, whether he is a Moslem or
Have the nature of a dervish: then wear a stylish cap.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Have the nature of a dervish: then wear a stylish cap.
What is humanity? To feel pain at the sorrows of our neighbours, to feel humiliated at the humiliation of fellow-beings.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: What is humanity? To feel pain at the sorrows of our neighbours, to feel humiliated
Wisdom is when you understand what, previously, at best you only knew.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Wisdom is when you understand what, previously, at best you only knew.
Certain levels of human understanding cannot be attained, it is claimed, until the brain can work in more than one way.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Certain levels of human understanding cannot be attained, it is claimed, until the brain can
The fruit of timidity is neither gain nor loss.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: The fruit of timidity is neither gain nor loss.
Those who say 'I am ready to learn', or 'I am not ready to learn' are as often mistaken as they are correct in their surmise.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Those who say 'I am ready to learn', or 'I am not ready to learn'
The door of illumination is open to those for whom other doors are closed.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: The door of illumination is open to those for whom other doors are closed.
Saying of the Prophet
Oppression
When oppression exists, even the bird dies in its nest.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Saying of the ProphetOppressionWhen oppression exists, even the bird dies in its nest.
A book, for the Sufis, is an instrument as much as it is something to give information.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: A book, for the Sufis, is an instrument as much as it is something to
Humility is a teacher of itself. It is learnt by means of its practise.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Humility is a teacher of itself. It is learnt by means of its practise.
In a village where everyone has only one leg, the biped will hop about more lamely than anyone else, if he knows what is good for him.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: In a village where everyone has only one leg, the biped will hop about more
You have come a long way, and you do not know it. You have a long way to do, and you do know what that means.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: You have come a long way, and you do not know it. You have a
With enough information, it is almost impossible "not" to predict people's action.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: With enough information, it is almost impossible "not" to predict people's action.
People change and needs change. So what was Sufism once is Sufism no more.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: People change and needs change. So what was Sufism once is Sufism no more.
Ibn El-Arabi wrote, 'The Teacher is he who hears you, then unveils you to yourselfIdries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Ibn El-Arabi wrote, 'The Teacher is he who hears you, then unveils you to yourself
It is not 'Have I got a chance?' It is more often: 'Have I seen my chance?Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: It is not 'Have I got a chance?' It is more often: 'Have I seen
Be kind to the hawk and harm the sparrow.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Be kind to the hawk and harm the sparrow.
Better to quarrel with a friend than to support enemies.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Better to quarrel with a friend than to support enemies.
You fear tomorrow: yet yesterday is just as dangerous.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: You fear tomorrow: yet yesterday is just as dangerous.
When people have a hard task to do - one which stretches them - they become less concerned with trivial matters.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: When people have a hard task to do - one which stretches them - they
Talking about straws and camels' backs is just one way of approaching things. If you have enough camels, no backs need be broken.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Talking about straws and camels' backs is just one way of approaching things. If you
Trying to force something is the best way to stop it happening.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Trying to force something is the best way to stop it happening.
Learning how to learn involves examining assumptions. Mulla Nasrudin tales very often fulfil this funcition.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Learning how to learn involves examining assumptions. Mulla Nasrudin tales very often fulfil this funcition.
Saying of the Prophet
Helping others
I order you to assist any oppressed person, whether he is a Muslim or not.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Saying of the ProphetHelping othersI order you to assist any oppressed person, whether he is
One cannot learn from someone whom one distrusts.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: One cannot learn from someone whom one distrusts.
To Him who has sense, a sign is enough
For the heedless, however, a thousand expositions are not enough.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: To Him who has sense, a sign is enoughFor the heedless, however, a thousand expositions
You say that this society will come to an end, because societies always have done so.
I wonder whether they have ended because they were not really societies at all.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: You say that this society will come to an end, because societies always have done
Forms are vehicles and instruments, and vehicles and instruments cannot be called good or bad without context.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Forms are vehicles and instruments, and vehicles and instruments cannot be called good or bad
Beggars and Workers IT IS RELATED of Ibn el-Arabi that people said to him: 'Your circle is composed mainly of beggars, husbandmen and artisans. Can you not find people of intellect who will follow you, so that perhaps more authoritative notice might be taken of your teachings?' He said: 'The Day of Calamity will be infinitelyIdries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Beggars and Workers IT IS RELATED of Ibn el-Arabi that people said to him: 'Your
Much travel is needed before the raw man is ripened.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Much travel is needed before the raw man is ripened.
Many people who are in reality dead are walking in the streets; many who are in their graves are in reality alive.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Many people who are in reality dead are walking in the streets; many who are
The tongue is the best masseur of furrowed brows.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: The tongue is the best masseur of furrowed brows.
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.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: The proverb says that 'The answer to a fool is silence'. Observation, however, indicates that
Real generosity is anonymous to the extent that a man should be prepared even to be considered ungenerous rather than explain it to others.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Real generosity is anonymous to the extent that a man should be prepared even to
Teach honesty by all means - you do know what it is, don't you?Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Teach honesty by all means - you do know what it is, don't you?
Much smoke has been seen, and caused great fear of fire - even when no fire ensued.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Much smoke has been seen, and caused great fear of fire - even when no
The people of the world have a fixed destiny. But the spiritually developed receive what is "not" in their destiny.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: The people of the world have a fixed destiny. But the spiritually developed receive what
If a Manx cat tells you that it is trying to preserve its long, beautiful tail, you don't have to believe it - especially if you have eyes.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: If a Manx cat tells you that it is trying to preserve its long, beautiful
The stupidest man I ever met had a favourite saying. It was: 'What do you think I am, stupid, or something?Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: The stupidest man I ever met had a favourite saying. It was: 'What do you
Saying of the Mulla Nasrudin. If I survive this life without dying, I'll be surprised.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Saying of the Mulla Nasrudin. If I survive this life without dying, I'll be surprised.
Sufism is experientialIdries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Sufism is experiential
Saying of the Prophet
THE PEOPLE
It is the people who are God's family.
(Muhammad the Prophet)
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Saying of the ProphetTHE PEOPLEIt is the people who are God's family.(Muhammad the Prophet)
Pick up a bee from kindness, and learn the limitations of kindness.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Pick up a bee from kindness, and learn the limitations of kindness.
The definition of the word 'finished' is: 'This word means finished.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: The definition of the word 'finished' is: 'This word means finished.
You may be able to get the bone down your throat
But if it reaches your stomach it will tear your navel.
(Gulistan)
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: You may be able to get the bone down your throat But if it reaches
Only the search for truth is valid, the desire for wisdom the motive. The method is assimilation, not study.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Only the search for truth is valid, the desire for wisdom the motive. The method
Disappointment cannot exist without expectation. The expected apricot is never as sweet when it reaches the mouth.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Disappointment cannot exist without expectation. The expected apricot is never as sweet when it reaches
Nobody can stand between you and knowledge if you are fit for it.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Nobody can stand between you and knowledge if you are fit for it.
When the mind is full of established biases, it will not be able to graft Sufism on top of them.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: When the mind is full of established biases, it will not be able to graft
Definitions from Mulla Do-Piaza
Truthful man:
He who is, secretly, regarded by everyone as an enemy.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Definitions from Mulla Do-PiazaTruthful man:He who is, secretly, regarded by everyone as an enemy.
Definitions from Mulla Do-Piaza
Emotionalist:
A man or woman who thinks he has experienced the divine.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Definitions from Mulla Do-PiazaEmotionalist:A man or woman who thinks he has experienced the divine.
One lie will keep out forty truths.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: One lie will keep out forty truths.
Each flies with its own kind: pigeon with pigeon, hawk with hawk.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Each flies with its own kind: pigeon with pigeon, hawk with hawk.
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 Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Christian scholars often say that Sufi theories are close to those of Christianity. Many Moslems
Saying of the Prophet
Death
Die before your death.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Saying of the ProphetDeathDie before your death.
It is not Sufism if it does not perform its function for you. A cloak is no longer a cloak if it does not keep a man warm.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: It is not Sufism if it does not perform its function for you. A cloak
For every Pharoah there is a Moses.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: For every Pharoah there is a Moses.
But the minimum human duty is to serve others: it is no great attainment.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: But the minimum human duty is to serve others: it is no great attainment.
The mine is always bigger than the gem.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: The mine is always bigger than the gem.
The liar has a bad memory.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: The liar has a bad memory.
To bind one free man with love is better than to release a thousand slaves.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: To bind one free man with love is better than to release a thousand slaves.
How many friends would you have if you went from one to another asking them to conceal a dead body?Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: How many friends would you have if you went from one to another asking them
Water shrinks wool, urgency shrinks time.
Shrinkage may be an advantage or the reverse, according to expectation.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Water shrinks wool, urgency shrinks time.Shrinkage may be an advantage or the reverse, according to
People today are in danger of drowning in information; but, because they have been taught that information is useful, they are more willing to drown than they need be.
If they could handle information, they would not have to drown at all.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: People today are in danger of drowning in information; but, because they have been taught
Religion, for instance, cannot be accepted or rejected out of hand, until the student knows exactly what religion means.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Religion, for instance, cannot be accepted or rejected out of hand, until the student knows
Angels are the powers hidden in the faculties and organs of manIdries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Angels are the powers hidden in the faculties and organs of man
The barren branches may appear inelegant: They are, to the cook, the means to make his fire.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: The barren branches may appear inelegant: They are, to the cook, the means to make
Saying of the Prophet
Humility
Humility and courtesy are themselves a part of piety.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Saying of the ProphetHumilityHumility and courtesy are themselves a part of piety.
Exercise power by means of kindness, and you may be causing more damage than you could by cruelty. Neither approach is correct.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Exercise power by means of kindness, and you may be causing more damage than you
A Sufi is alive to the value of time, and is given, every moment, to what that moment demands.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: A Sufi is alive to the value of time, and is given, every moment, to
Saying of the Prophet
The Tongue
A man slips with his tongue more than with his feet.
Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Saying of the ProphetThe TongueA man slips with his tongue more than with his feet.
Show a man too many camels' bones,or show them to him too often,and he will not be able to recognize a camel when he comes across a live one.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Show a man too many camels' bones,or show them to him too often,and he will
What you are pleased to call Sufism is merely the record of past method.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: What you are pleased to call Sufism is merely the record of past method.
No effort makes a black crow into a white hawk.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: No effort makes a black crow into a white hawk.
Form is useful, but it is secondary.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Form is useful, but it is secondary.
Ignorance is the Mother of OppositionIdries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Ignorance is the Mother of Opposition
You can perceive a person's aspiration if it is genuine, because this creates a change in the emanations from such a person.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: You can perceive a person's aspiration if it is genuine, because this creates a change
Hit your hand on a stone and expect it to hurt.Idries Shah Idries Shah Sayings By Idries Shah: Hit your hand on a stone and expect it to hurt.