„The power of changing oneself lies not in the mind, but in the body and the feelings. Unfortunately, however, our body and our feelings are so constituted that they don’t care a jot about anything so long as they are happy.“

—  Georges I. Gurdjieff, All and Everything: Views from the Real World (1973), Context: The power of changing oneself lies not in the mind, but in the body and the feelings. Unfortunately, however, our body and our feelings are so constituted that they don’t care a jot about anything so long as they are happy. They live for the moment and their memory is short. The mind alone lives for tomorrow. Each has its own merits. The merit of the mind is that it looks ahead. But it is only the other two that can "do."
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armenisch-russischer Esoteriker, Schriftsteller, Choreograp… 1866 - 1949

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„Happiness is beneficial for the body but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.“

—  Marcel Proust, buch In Search of Lost Time
In Search of Lost Time, Remembrance of Things Past (1913-1927), Vol. VII: The Past Recaptured (1927), Le bonheur est salutaire pour le corps, mais c'est le chagrin qui développe les forces de l'esprit. Ch. III: "An Afternoon Party at the House of the Princesse de Guermantes"

„Because our flesh is nothing but what, feeling itself, suffering itself, sustaining itself and bearing itself and so enjoying from itself according to always reborning impressions, is able, for this reason, to feel the body which is exterior to it, to touch it as well as being touched by it. What the exterior body, the lifeless body of the material universe, is by principle incapable.“

—  Michel Henry French writer 1922 - 2002
Books on Religion and Christianity, Incarnation: A philosophy of Flesh (2000), (fr) Car notre chair n'est rien d'autre que cela qui, s'éprouvant, se souffrant, se subissant et se supportant soi-même et ainsi jouissant de soi selon des impressions toujours renaissantes, se trouve, pour cette raison, susceptible de sentir le corps qui lui est extérieur, de le toucher aussi bien que d'être touché par lui. Cela donc dont le corps extérieur, le corps inerte de l'univers matériel, est par principe incapable. Michel Henry, Incarnation. Une philosophie de la chair, éd. du Seuil, 2000, p. 8

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„As we wash our body so we should wash destiny, change life as we change clothes.“

—  Fernando Pessoa, buch Das Buch der Unruhe des Hilfsbuchhalters Bernardo Soares
The Book of Disquiet, Original: Assim como lavamos o corpo devíamos lavar o destino, mudar de vida como mudamos de roupa. Ibid., p. 68

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„If you want to feel the happiness of loving, forget about your soul.
The soul ruins love.
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Not in another soul.
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Souls cannot communicate.
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Because bodies understand each other, but souls don’t.“

—  Manuel Bandeira Brazilian writer 1886 - 1968
Se queres sentir a felicidade de amar, esquece a tua alma. A alma é que estraga o amor. Só em Deus ela pode encontrar satisfação. Não noutra alma. Só em Deus - ou fora do mundo. As almas são incomunicáveis. Deixa o teu corpo entender — se com outro corpo. Porque os corpos se entendem, mas as almas não. Arte de amar (The Art of Loving)

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—  Robert M. Pirsig, buch Zen und die Kunst ein Motorrad zu warten
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