Saint Vitus


        "As for the information that passes from generation to generation through the mass of ordinary beings of that planet, either it disappears and is completely forgotten or, as our dear Mulla Nasr Eddin says, all that is left of it is 'skin and bones and tales for Scheherazade.'

     "Hence it is that when a few scraps of information about some event or other do happen to reach the beings of remote generations, and the 'learned beings of new formation' concoct their hodge-podge out of these scraps, a most peculiar and instructive phenomenon occurs: when all the 'cockroaches' hear what is in this hodge-podge, the 'evil spirit of Saint Vitus' immediately enters their common presence and dances to his heart's content."




Beelzebub's Tales To His Grandson, by G. I. Gurdjieff, page 321


Viking Arkana Edition, 1992.