'Each man's knowledge is genuine to the extent that it is confirmed by gentleness, humility and love.' St.

Mark the Ascetic 'Failure to obtain pleasure induces a culpable kind of distress he who scorns pleasure is free from distress.' St. Thalassios the Libyan “Every genuine confession humbles the soul. When it takes the form of thanksgiving, it teaches the soul that it has been delivered by the grace of God.” St. Maximos the Confessor, The Philokalia "Simply to speak of the laws of nature is enough to arouse deep admiration. But when they are fully understood, they are as fields full of flowers, whose lavish blossoms give out a spiritual sweetness like nectar from heaven." --Ilias the Presbyter From The Philokalia, Vol. 3, Chapter: Gnomic Anthology 4, pg. 61; Faber & Faber, 1984. "A truly merciful person is not one that deliberately gives away superfluous things, but one that forgives those who deprive him of what he needs." -- Ilias the Presbyter From The Philokalia, Vol. 3, Chapter: Gnomic Anthology 1, pg. 37; Faber & Faber, 1984.