"If one small thing is not carried out, then no big thing will be carried out. With big things it is easy: they are far away and you are only concerned with them from time to time, when it pleases you. Small things are near to you all the time, whether you want it or not. Try once to give yourself your word about a small thing."
"Any prayer may be heard by the higher powers and a corresponding answer obtained only if it is uttered thrice:
Firstly - for the welfare or the peace of the souls of one's parents.
Secondly - for the welfare of one's neighbour.
And only thirdly - for oneself personally."
- G.I. Gurdjieff in "All and Everything"