Idries Shah Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old idries shah quotes, idries shah sayings, and idries shah proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Premature independence is the daughter of conceit.     

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Enlightenment must come little by little - otherwise it would overwhelm.     

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A real secret is something which only one person knows.     

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The door of illumination is open to those for whom other doors are closed.     

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A donkey eats a melon, it remains a donkey     

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You fear tomorrow: yet yesterday is just as dangerous.     

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People don't get the gurus they deserve, they get the gurus they manufacture.     

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The impatient man is his own enemy; he slams the door on his own progress.     

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Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information.     

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The way of the Sufis cannot be understood by means of the intellect or by ordinary book learning.     

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It is the message, not the man, which is important to the Sufis.     

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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.     

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The laziness of adolescence is a rehearsal for the incapacity of old age.     

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To copy a virtue in another is more copying than it is virtue. Try to learn what that virtue is based upon.     

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Saying of the prophet tasks whoever makes all his tasks one task, God will help him in his other concerns.     

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Saying of the prophet reflection the faithful are mirrors, one to the other.     

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From time to time ponder whether you are unconsciously saying: 'Truth is what I happen to be thinking at this moment.     

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People used to play with toys. Now the toys play with them.     

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When there is a true or useful thing, there is sure to be a counterfeit.     

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Because sugar is not arsenic, many graves are full.     

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The tongue is the best masseur of furrowed brows.     

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The union of the mind and intuition which brings about illumination, and the development which the Sufis seek, is based upon love.     

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Ideologies exist only where there is no absolute knowledge. If you know something, you do not have to believe or disbelieve it.     

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Exaggeration is a standard peculiarity of man. To deprecate is often a form of exaggeration which people do not notice, because it appears to be its opposite.     

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