"Prayer is an activity becoming to the dignity of the mind, or rather, is its real use." --St. Nilus of Sinai
"What toil we must endure, what fatigue, while we are attempting to climb hills and the summits of mountains! What, that we may ascend to heaven! If you consider the promised reward, what you endure is less. Immortality is given to the one who perseveres; everlasting life is offered; the Lord promises His Kingdom." --St. Cyprian of Carthage
"It is impossible for us who have fallen into the pit of iniquities ever to be drawn out of it, unless we sink into the abyss of the humility of the repentant." --St. John Climacus
"A sinner cannot escape retribution except through repentance appropriate to his offense."
--St. Mark the Ascetic