humility

A Quote by Saint Symeon the New Theologian on hatred, egotism, pride, humility, freedom, sin, rightousness, serpent, and suffering

A person who suffers bitterly when slighted or insulted should recognize from this that he still harbors the ancient serpent in his breast.  If he quietly endures the insult or responds with great humility, he weakens the serpent and lessens its hold.  But if he replies acrimoniously or brazenly, he gives it strength to pour its venom into his heart and to feed mercilessly on his inward parts.  In this way the serpant becomes increasingly powerful; it destroys his souls strength and his attempts to set himself right, compelling him to live for sin and to be completely dead to rightousness.

Saint Symeon the New Theologian

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

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A Quote by Saint Anthony the Great on god, christianity, enlightenment, hope, humility, pride, death, knowledge, and power

Learn to love humility, for it will cover all your sins.  All sins are repulsive before God, but the most repulsive of all is pride of the heart.  Do not consider yourself learned and wise; otherwise, all your efforts will be destroyed, and your boat will reach the harbor empty.  If you have great authority, do not threaten anyone with death.  Know that, according to nature, you too are susceptible to death, and that every soul sheds its body as its final garment.

Saint Anthony the Great

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

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A Quote by Saint Silouan the Anthonite on god, spirituality, truth, awareness, pride, love, humility, hope, and freedom

The Lord does not reveal himself to many men because of their intellectual pride, yet they still think they possses much knowledge.  But what is their knowledge worth, if they not the Lord, know not the grace of Holy Spirit, know not how this grace comes and wherefore it is lost?  But let us humble ourselves, brethren, and the Lord will show us all things, as a loving father shows all things to his children.

Saint Silouan the Anthonite

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

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A Quote by Saint Silouan of Mt. Athos on god, christianity, spirituality, happiness, truth, awakening, enlightenment, humility, and peace

But to be saved, we must humble ourselves, for the proud man, even were he to be set down in Paradise would not find peace there but would be discontent, and say, "Why am I not up in the front rank?"  But the humble soul is filled with love and does not seek to be in the foreground.  The humble soul wishes good things to all men, and in all things is content.

Saint Silouan

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

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A Quote by Francis of Assisi on charity, wisdom, fear, ignorance, patience, humility, anger, vexation, poverty, joy, greed, avarice, peace, meditation, anxiety, and doubt

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.  Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation.  Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice.  Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.

Francis of Assisi

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A Quote by Krista Delle Femine on truth, knowledge, and humility

Profound truth only comes to those who would not presume to have the answer.

Krista Delle Femine

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A Quote by Paul Valéry on ignorance, education, and humility

Ignorance is a treasure of infinite price that most men squander, when they should cherish its least fragments; some ruin it by educating themselves, others, unable to so much as conceive of making use of it, let it waste away.  Quite on the contrary, we should search for it assiduously  in what we think we know best.  Leaf through a dictionary or try to make one, and you will find that every word covers and masks a well so bottomless that the questions you toss into it arouse no more than an echo.

Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)

Source: Man and the Seashell (essay), Paul Valery Anthology

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A Quote by Father Seraphim Rose on god, christianity, spirituality, humility, poverty, struggles, life, truth, freedom, and peace

"Don't worry too much about how spiritually poor you are_God sees that,but for you it is expected to trust in God and pray to Him as best you can,never to fall into despair and to struggle according to your strength.If you ever begin to think you are spiritually_"well off"_then you can know for sure that you aren't!True spiritual life,even on the most elementary level,is always accompanied by suffering and difficulties.Therefore you should rejoice in all your difficulties and sorrows."

Father Seraphim Rose

Seraphim Rose

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A Quote by St. Staretz Silouan on god, christianity, pride, humility, peace, freedom, joy, truth, love, and stillness

The spirit of obedience is necessary not only in monks, but everyone else, too.  Even the Lord was obedient.  The proud and those who are a law unto themselves prevent the indwelling of grace and therefore never know peace of soul; whereas the grace of the Holy Spirit enters with ease into the soul of the obedient, bringing joy and quiet.

St. Staretz Silouan

Source: Saint Silouan, the Athonite‎ - by Sofroniĭ (Archimandrite)

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A Quote by King Solomon on pride, humility, god, spirituality, life, freedom, peace, truth, joy, and enlightenment

He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.
from the Book of Proverbs
 

King Solomon

Source: The Holy Bible

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