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Paul J.Barrett STAT 

These are some comments and observations made by F.M Alexander that were recorded by his secretary while giving individual lessons to some of his pupils:


"I see at last that if I don't breathe, I breathe. . . " [ Quote by pupil to Alexander ]

"I can tell you the messages to give, but I can't tell you what to do" 

"You translate everything, whether physical, mental or spiritual, into muscular tension" 

"If you apply the principle to the carrying out of one evolution, you have learned the lot"

"Prevent the things you have been doing and you are half way home"

"The whole organism is responsible for specific trouble. Proof of this is that we eradicate specific 

defects in process"

"There is no such thing as a right position, but there is such thing as a right direction"

"If people will go on believing that they "know," it is impossible to eradicate anything: it makes it 

impossible to teach them"

"Anyone can do what I do, if they will do what I did. But none of you want the discipline"

"Control should be in process, not superimposed"

"Everyone wants to be right, but no one stops to consider if their idea of right is right"

"This end-gaining business has got to such a point - it's worse than a drug"

"You get away from all your old preconceived ideas because you are getting away from your old 


"Be careful of the printed matter: you may not read it as it is written down"

"You are doing what you call leaving yourself alone"


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