“There are no conditions of any kind… and there cannot be any. Our starting point is that man does not know himself, that he is not” (he emphasized these words), “that is, he is not what he can and what he should be. For this reason he cannot make any agreements or assume any obligations. He can decide nothing in regard to the future. Today he is one person and tomorrow another. He is in no way bound to us and if he likes he can at any time leave the work and go.”
—Gurdjieff, as quoted by Ouspensky, In Search of the Miraculous.