Children may be brought to virtuous ways and actions by presents and sweetmeats, as a pet animal by those who smile at it.
It is God’s habit of his goodness to defend most skillfully what the devil attacks most bitterly.
The man of prayer must not be cast down in aridity, nor elated when he receives consolation. In dryness let him remember the graces he has enjoyed; and when he feels sensible devotion, let him consider it an alms given him gratis by God.
Count yourselves but worthless, mean-spirited, cowardly, and slothful if there be one man found at court who, to gain an earthly king’s favor, obeys his commands more faithfully than you do those of the King of heaven, in order that you may be found pleasing in his sight.
He who wants to do great things in God’s service must beware above all else not to be too clever.
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