Writings on Mullah Nassr Eddin, quotes
These anecdotes and quotes are from the Beelzebub's Tales 1931 manuscript.
Book I - Gurdjieff Quotes
Although I have began to write in Russian, nevertheless as the wisest of the wise,Mullah Nassr Eddin would say, in that language "you-cannot-go-far".Mullah Nassr Eddin, or as he is also called, Hodja Nassr Eddin, is, it seems, littleknown in Europe and America, but he is very well known in all the countries of thecontinent of Asia. This legendary personage corresponds somewhat to the German
. Numerous tales popular in the East, akin to wise sayings, areascribed to this Nassr Eddin; and various witticisms, some of long standing and othersnewly arisen, still continue to be ascribed to him also.I recalled this saying from among the many "infallible" and "indisputable'' sayings of that, in my opinion, universal teacher, the wisest of all the terrestrial sages, one whomI particularly esteem, and one who, again, of course, in my opinion, ought to beesteemed and respected by everybody without exception - Mullah Nassr Eddin, and Ihave set it down at this point in my Warning, because of my proposed subsequentwritings I intend often to touch upon philological questions also.That Greek language, the spirit and essence of which were transmitted to me byheredity, and the language now spoken by contemporary Greeks, are as much alike,as, according to the expression of Mullah Nassr Eddin, "a-nail-is-like-a-requiem"....that the so-styled "grammar" of any laguage is compiled by people who not only inrespect of knowledge of the given language are those biped "somethings" which HisUniqueness Mullah Nassr Eddin characterizes by the words "all-they-can-do-is-to-wrangle-with-pigs-about-the-quality-of-oranges"...Meanwhile I boldly or, if you like, impudently, take it upon myself in advance toadvise you to absorb with, as might be said, an "intensive-mobilization" of all your perceptive organs, the information elaborating the rest of this story, in order that thecrystallization in you of the new impression may proceed normally and not in themanner in which it has already become habitual for this to proceed, that is to say, asthe great sage Mullah Nassr Eddin defines and expresses it: "One part is used up for one's own welfare, and that only for today, while all the rest going in at one ear, isexhausted in the process of trying to get out at the other."...I cannot do otherwise than as the most exalted great terrestrial sage Mullah Nassr Eddin would say, "tangle-and-entangle" the whole of you, or as he also sometimessays, "put-you-in-goloshes", in full face of the fact that I am counting on your help, or rather on your money, which I shall receive thanks to your purchase of writings; for