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In yourself lies the sweetness of your charm, from you does it blossom, in you it sojourns, within you it rests, in your own self you must search for the jubilant quality of your conscience. For that reason Solomon says, "Drink water out of your own cistern and the streams out of your own well." Ambrose (333)

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Drink from your own cistern, and make use of your own resources. You are not merely watering the earth but enlightening human souls. Cyril Of Jerusalem (315)

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To know goodness is not sufficient to reach blessedness; if one does not put goodness into practice with works. Piety towards God is actually the beginning of knowledge. Didymus The Blind (313)

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It is right for us to be exhorted so to love wisdom that we most eargerly seek it as our treasure, acquire more and more of it, suffer many trials, restrain desires, ponder the future, so that we may preserve innocence and beneficence. Whenever we act in this way we are in possession of true virtues, because our objective is true that is in harmony with our nature in reference to salvation and true happiness. St. Augustine Of Hippo (354)

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You who love instruction and are eager to listen, receive once again the sacred words: delight yourselves in the honey of wisdom for it is written: "Good words are honey-combs and their sweetness is the healing of the soul." Cyril Of Alexandria (375)

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Wisdom examines the levels of advice, aware of the usefulness of the usefulness of varied methods of persuasion. Clement Of Alexandria (159)

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There is only one way of truth, but different paths from different places join it, just like tributaries flowing into a perennial river. Solomon adds that there are plenty of righteous people and plenty of routes for them. He explains this as follows: "The paths of the righteous shine like light." Clement Of Alexandria (159)

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Solomon knew there were in us two kinds of senses, the one being mortal, corruptible and human, and the other immortal and intellectual, which he calls "divine." By this divine sense, therefore, not of the eyes but of a pure heart, that is, the mind, God can be seen by those who are worthy. Origen (185)

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God's wisdom works in many forms and in many ways through technical skill, scientific knowledge, faith, prophecy; it shows us its power to our benefit, because "all wisdom comes from the Lord and it with him to all eternity" as the wisdom of Jesus puts it. Jesus Ben Sirach (175 B.C.E.)

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He will serve in the midst of the greats and be seen in the presence of leaders; he will travel in the lands of foreign peoples for he has tested the good things and the bad among human beings. Jesus Ben Sirach (175 B.C.E.)

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Human mercy is on one's neighbor, but the mercy of the Lord is for all flesh... reproving, disciplining and teaching, and bringing it back as a shepherd does the flock. Jesus Ben Sirach (175 B.C.E.)

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For God grants wisdom from His mouth together with perception and practical wisdom, and stores up help for the righteous. Odes Of Solomon (390)

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Consider, O discerning man, that you are the image of God and the bond of all creation, both of the heavenly and the terrestrial beings, and whenever you bend your head to worship and glorify God, all the creations, both heavenly and terrestrial, bow their heads with you and in you, to worship God. And whenever you do not worship and glorify Him, all the creations grieve over you and turn against you, and you will fall from grace. Simon Of Taibutheth (670)

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Every day in many ways, day after day, we walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men , young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-law. But always meeting ourselves. James Joyce (1882)

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Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881)

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To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday. John Burroughs (1837)

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The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice that which we are for what we could become. Charles Dubois (1804)

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And watch two men washing clothes, one makes dry clothes wet. The other makes wet clothes dry. They seem to be thwarting each other, but their work is a perfect harmony. Every holy person seems to have a different doctrine and practice, but there's really only one work. Jalal Al Din Rumi (1207)

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Whoever sees all beings in the soul and the soul in all beings...
What delusion or sorrow is there for one who sees unity?
It has filled all. It is radiant, incorporeal, invulnerable...
Wise, intelligent, encompassing, self-existent,
It organizes objects throughout eternity.
Upanishads (800 B.C.E.)

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That thou art. Upanishads (800 B.C.E.)

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He who knows the Bliss of Brahman does not distress himself with the thought, "Why did I not do what is good? Why did I do what is evil?" Whoever knows this (bliss) regards both of these as Atman (self, soul), indeed he cherishes both as Atman. Upanishads (800 B.C.E.)

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This is a country whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. You do not find it by travelling but by standing still. Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity. Thomas Merton (1915)

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There are varying degrees of spiritual illumination, which accounts both for the varying outlooks to be found among mystics and for the different kinds of Glimpse among aspirants. All illuminations and all Glimpses free the man from his negative qualities and base nature, but in the latter case only temporarily. He is able as a result, to see into his higher nature. In the first degree, it is as if a window covered with dirt were cleaned enough to reveal a beautiful garden outside it. He is still subject to the activity of thinking, the emotion of joy, and the discrimination between X and Y. In the next and higher degree, it is as if the window were still more cleaned so that still more beauty is revealed beyond it. Here there are no thoughts to intervene between the seer and the seen. In the third degree, it is as if the window were thoroughly cleaned. Here there is no longer even a rapturous emotion but only a balanced happiness, a steady tranquility which, being beyond the intellect, cannot properly be described by the intellect. Gregory Of Nissa (395 B.C.E.)

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The greatest of all crosses is self. -- If we die in part every day, we shall have but little to do on the last. -- These little daily deaths will destroy the power of the final dying. Francois Fenelon (1651)

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And it is in this darkness, when there is nothing left in us that can please or comfort our own minds, when we seem to be useless and worthy of all contempt, when we seem to have failed, when we seem to be destroyed and devoured, it is then that the deep and secret selfishness that is too close to us for us to identify is stripped away from our souls. It is in this darkness that we find liberty. It is in this abandonment that we are made strong. This is the night which empties us and makes us pure. Thomas Merton (1915)

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