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Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.

    Topics: Humility

Don't you believe that there is in man a deep so profound as to be hidden even to him in whom it is?

    Topics: Humility

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.

    Topics: Humility, Virtue

There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.

    Topics: Humility, The Heart

Should you ask me what is the first thing in religion; I should reply that the first, second, and third thing therein is humility.

    Topics: Humility

They made pretenses to very superior sanctity when they had a mind to disturb everything.

    Topics: Hypocrisy

It is not the being seen of men that is wrong, but doing these things for the purpose of being seen of men. The problem with the hypocrite is his motivation. He does not want to be holy; he only wants to seem to be holy. He is more concerned with his reputation for righteousness than about actually becoming righteous. The approbation of men matters more to him than the approval of God.

    Topics: Hypocrisy

Involuntary ignorance is not charged against you as a fault; but your fault is this---you neglect to inquire into the things you are ignorant of.

    Topics: Ignorance

God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.

    Topics: Jesus, Suffering

And He departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.

    Topics: Jesus, The Heart

How sweet all at once it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose!... You drove them from me, You who are the true, the sovereign joy. You drove them from me and took their place, You who are sweeter than all pleasure.

    Topics: Joy

There is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love Thee for Thine own sake, whose joy Thou Thyself art. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee; this it is, and there is no other.

    Topics: Joy

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