Idries Shah Quotes

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If you give what can be taken, you are not really giving. Take what you are given, not what you want to be given. Give what cannot be taken. -Idries Shah
A certain person may have, as you say, a wonderful presence; I do not know. What I do know is that he has a perfectly delightful absence. -Idries Shah
MAN: Kick him-he'll forgive you. Flatter him-he may or may not see through you. But ignore him and he'll hate you -Idries Shah
It is not important to have said a thing first, or best - or even most interestingly. What is important is to say it on the right occasion. -Idries Shah
Man thinks many things. He thinks he is One. He is usually several. Until he becomes One, he cannot have a fair idea of what he is at all. -Idries Shah
It is the message, not the man, which is important to the Sufis. -Idries Shah
You must empty out the dirty water before you fill the pitcher with clean. -Idries Shah
The sufis believe that they can experience something more complete. -Idries Shah
The union of the mind and intuition which brings about illumination, and the development which the Sufis seek, is based upon love. -Idries Shah
An old fool is worse than a young one: For the young may always grow wise. (Zohair) -Idries Shah
You will never reach Mecca, because you are on the road to Samarkand -Idries Shah
A stolen kiss is not easily returned. -Idries Shah
SENTENCES OF THE KHAJAGAN GURGANI:	 The teacher and the taught together produce the teaching. -Idries Shah
I ask about the sky, but the answer is about a rope. -Idries Shah
Take the straight path, even if it is long: marry no widow, even if she is a houri. -Idries Shah
Have the nature of a dervish: then wear a stylish cap. -Idries Shah
Pick up a bee from kindness, and learn the limitations of kindness. -Idries Shah
One day the cub will become a wolf, even if it has been reared among the sons of man. -Idries Shah
The sort of man who, throwing a stone upon the ground, would miss. -Idries Shah
Each flies with its own kind: pigeon with pigeon, hawk with hawk. -Idries Shah
Much smoke has been seen, and caused great fear of fire - even when no fire ensued. -Idries Shah
As Ibn Arabi says: 'Absolute existence is the source of all existence'. -Idries Shah
Definitions from Mulla Do-Piaza A fool:	 A man trying to be honest with the dishonest. -Idries Shah
Sufism is experience, and hence not to be defined - imprisoned - in perennial, static categories. -Idries Shah
Definitions from Mulla Do-Piaza Bribe	 Substitute for law, which is a substitute for justice. -Idries Shah
No colour comes after black. -Idries Shah
Definitions from Mulla Do-Piaza Adherent: Someone who will believe anything except what he should. -Idries Shah
You may have forgotten the Way: But those who came before Did not forget you. Saying of Master Bahaudin Naqshband of Bokhara -Idries Shah
Learning without action is like wax without honey. (Anwar-i-Suhaili) -Idries Shah
You call me an unbeliever. I shall therefore call you a True Believer since a lie is best met with one of similar magnitude. -Idries Shah
Saying of the Prophet Obligation to Learn The pursuit of knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim. -Idries Shah
Saying of the Prophet Accusations Anyone reviling a brother for a sin will not himself die before committing it. -Idries Shah
Saying of the Prophet Truth Speaking the truth to the unjust is the best of holy wars. -Idries Shah
Saying of the Prophet THE PEOPLE It is the people who are God's family. (Muhammad the Prophet) -Idries Shah
Saying of the Prophet. Lies, promises, trust He is not of mine who lies, breaks a promise or fails in his trust. -Idries Shah
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
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