Every perfection in this life has some imperfection mixed with it,
and no knowledge of ours is without some darkness.
Humble knowledge of self is a surer path to God than the ardent pursuit of learning.
Happy is he to whom truth manifests itself, not in signs and words that fade, but as it actually is. Our opinions, our senses often deceive us and we discern very little.
Many often err and accomplish little or nothing because they try to become learned rather than to live well. We have eyes and do not see.
Oh God, You Who are the truth, make me one with You in love everlasting; You alone speak to me.
Thomas a’ Kempis
The Imitation of Christ
written in 1418-1427, in the Netherlands