The kingdom of heaven is within you; and whosoever
shall know himself shall find it.
- The best and shortest road towards knowledge of
truth [is] Nature.
- For every joy there is a price to be paid.
- If his heart rules him, his conscience will soon
take the place of the rod.
- What you are doing does not matter so much as what
you are learning from doing it.
- It is better not to know and to know that
one does not know ,than presumptuously to attribute some random meaning to
- If you search for the laws of harmony, you will find
- If you are searching for
God, observe Nature!
- Exuberance is a good stimulus towards action, but
the inner light grows in silence and concentration.
- Not the greatest Master can go even one step for his
disciple; in himself he must experience each stage of developing
consciousness. Therefore he will know nothing for which he is not ripe.
- The body is the house of God. That is why it is
said, "Man know thyself."
- True teaching is not an accumulation of knowledge;
it is an awakening of consciousness which goes through successive stages.
- The man who knows how to lead one of his brothers
towards what he has known may one day be saved by that very brother.
- People bring about their own undoing through their
- If one tries to navigate unknown waters one runs the
risk of shipwreck. Leave him in error who loves his error.
- Every man is rich in excuses to safeguard his
prejudices, his instincts, and his opinions.
- To know means to record in one's memory; but to
understand means to blend with the thing and to assimilate it oneself.
- There are two kinds of error: blind credulity and
- Never believe a word without putting its truth to
the test; discernment does not grow in laziness; and this faculty of
discernment is indispensable to the Seeker. Sound skepticism is the
necessary condition for good discernment; but piecemeal criticism is an
- Love is one thing, knowledge is another.
- True sages are those who give what they have,
without meanness and without secret!
- An answer brings no illumination unless the question
has matured to a point where it gives rise to this answer which thus becomes
- Therefore learn how to put a question.
- What reveals itself to me ceases to be mysterious
for me alone: if I unveil it to anyone else, he hears mere words which
betray the living sense: Profanation, but never revelation.
- The first concerning the 'secrets': all cognition
comes from inside; we are therefore initiated only by ourselves, but the
Master gives the keys.
- The second concerning the 'way': the seeker has need
of a Master to guide him and lift him up when he falls, to lead him back to
the right way when he strays.
- Understanding develops by degrees.
- As to deserving, know that the gift of Heaven is
free; this gift of Knowledge is so great that no effort whatever could hope
to 'deserve' it.
- If the Master teaches what is error, the disciple's
submission is slavery; if he teaches truth, this submission is ennoblement.
- There grows no wheat where there is no grain.
- The only thing that is humiliating is helplessness.
- An answer if profitable in proportion to the
intensity of the quest.
- Listen to your conviction, even if they seem absurd
to your reason.
- Know the world in yourself. Never look for yourself
in the world, for this would be to project your illusion.
- To teach one must know the nature of those whom one
is teaching. In every vital activity it is the path that matters.
- The way of knowledge is narrow.
- Each truth you learn will be, for you, as new as if
it had never been written.
- The only active force that arises out of possession
is fear of losing the object of possession.
- If you defy an enemy by doubting his courage you
- The nut doesn't reveal the tree it contains. For
knowledge ... you should know that peace is an indispensable condition of
- The first thing necessary in teaching is a master;
the second is a pupil capable of carrying on the tradition.
- Peace is the fruit of activity, not of sleep.
- Envious greed must govern to possess and ambition
must possess to govern.
- When the governing class isn't chosen for quality it
is chosen for material wealth: this always means decadence, the lowest stage
a society can reach.
- Two tendencies govern human choice and effort, the
search after quantity and the search after quality. They classify mankind.
Some follow Maat, others seek the way of animal instinct.
- Qualities of a moral order are measured by deeds.
- One foot isn't enough to walk with.
- Our senses serve to affirm, not to know.
- We mustn't confuse mastery with mimicry, knowledge
with superstitious ignorance.
- Physical consciousness is indispensable for the
achievement of knowledge.
- A man can't be judge of his
His own vital experience is never his neighbour's.
- No discussion can throw light if it wanders from the
- Your body is the temple of knowledge.
- Experience will show you, a Master can only point
- A house has the character of the man who lives in
- All organs work together in the functioning of the
- A man's heart is his own Neter.
- A pupil may show you by his own efforts how much he
deserves to learn from you.
- Routine and prejudice distort vision. Each man
thinks his own horizon is the limit of the world.
- You will free yourself when you learn to be neutral
and follow the instructions of your heart without letting things perturb
you. This is the way of Maat.
- Judge by cause, not by effect.
- Growth in consciousness doesn't depend on the will
of the intellect or its possibilities but on the intensity of the inner
- Every man must act in the rhythm of his time ...
such is wisdom.
- Men need images. Lacking them they invent idols.
Better then to found the images on realities that lead the true seeker to
the source. Maat, who links universal to terrestrial, the divine with the
human is incomprehensible to the cerebral intelligence.
- Have the wisdom to abandon the values of a time that
has passed and pick out the constituents of the future. An environment must
be suited to the age and men to their environment.
- Everyone finds himself in the world where he
belongs. The essential thing is to have a fixed point from which to check
its reality now and then. Always watch and follow nature.
- A phenomenon always arises from the interaction of
complementary. If you want something look for the complement that will
elicit it. Set causes Horus. Horus redeems Set.
- All seed answer light, but the color is different.
The plant reveals what is in the seed.
- Popular beliefs on essential matters must be
examined in order to discover the original thought.
- It is the passive resistance from the helm that
steers the boat. The key to all problems is the problem of consciousness.
- Man must learn to increase his sense of
responsibility and of the fact that everything he does will have its
- If you would build something solid, don't work with
wind: always look for a fixed point, something you know that is stable ...
- If you would know yourself, take yourself as
starting point and go back to its source; your beginning will disclose your
- Images are nearer reality than cold definitions.
Seek peacefully, you will find.
- Organization is impossible unless those who know the
laws of harmony lay the foundation.
- It is no use whatever preaching Wisdom to men: you
must inject it into their blood.
- Knowledge is consciousness of reality. Reality is
the sum of the laws that govern nature and of the causes from which they
- Social good is what brings peace to family and
- Knowledge is not necessarily wisdom.
- By knowing one reaches belief. By doing one gains
conviction. When you know, dare.
- Altruism is the mark of a superior being.
- All is within yourself. Know your most inward self
and look for what corresponds with it in nature.
- The seed cannot sprout upwards without
simultaneously sending roots into the ground.
- The seed includes all the possibilities of the tree.
... The seed will develop these possibilities, however, only if it receives
corresponding energies from the sky.
- Grain must return to the earth, die, and decompose
for new growth to begin.
- Man, know thyself ... and thou shalt know the gods.