"Have these three things always
present to your mind: what you were, what you are,
and what you will be"St
"We are only worth the price
at which God values us. True merit must be weighed
in his scales, for it is his judgment which alone
can decide between real and counterfeit virtue"
"A treasure is secure so long
as it remains concealed: but when once disclosed and
laid open to every bold invader, it is presently rifled;
so virtue is safe as long as secret, but, if rashly
exposed, it but too often evaporates into smoke. By
humility and contempt of the world, the soul, like
an eagle, soars on high, above all transitory things,
and tramples on the backs of lions and dragons"