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. Idries Shah
Enlightenment must come little by little - otherwise it would overwhelm. Idries Shah
A real secret is something which only one person knows. Idries Shah
The door of illumination is open to those for whom other doors are closed. Idries Shah
A donkey eats a melon, it remains a donkey Idries Shah
You fear tomorrow: yet yesterday is just as dangerous. Idries Shah
People don't get the gurus they deserve, they get the gurus they manufacture. Idries Shah
The impatient man is his own enemy; he slams the door on his own progress. Idries Shah
Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information. Idries Shah
The way of the Sufis cannot be understood by means of the intellect or by ordinary book learning. Idries Shah
It is the message, not the man, which is important to the Sufis. Idries Shah
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
The laziness of adolescence is a rehearsal for the incapacity of old age. Idries Shah
To copy a virtue in another is more copying than it is virtue. Try to learn what that virtue is based upon. Idries Shah
Saying of the prophet tasks whoever makes all his tasks one task, God will help him in his other concerns. Idries Shah
Saying of the prophet reflection the faithful are mirrors, one to the other. Idries Shah
From time to time ponder whether you are unconsciously saying: 'Truth is what I happen to be thinking at this moment. Idries Shah
People used to play with toys. Now the toys play with them. Idries Shah
When there is a true or useful thing, there is sure to be a counterfeit. Idries Shah
Because sugar is not arsenic, many graves are full. Idries Shah
The tongue is the best masseur of furrowed brows. 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
Ideologies exist only where there is no absolute knowledge. If you know something, you do not have to believe or disbelieve it. Idries Shah
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. Idries Shah
What is sometimes thought to be clever is, significantly often, merely an advanced form of foolishness. Idries Shah
A man who believes the word of a donkey in preference to my word does not deserve to be lent anything. Idries Shah
If you give what can be taken, you are not really giving. Idries Shah
Take what you are given, not what you want to be given. Idries Shah
Give what cannot be taken. Idries Shah
Enlightenment must come little by little otherwise it would overwhelm. Idries Shah