"We are not asked merely to call ourselves Christians; we are asked to be Christians through our deeds." --St. Ignatius of Antioch
"We must begin with thanksgiving for everything. The beginning of joy is to be content with your situation." --St. Ambrose of Optina
"The Lord listens equally to the monk and to the man of the world provided both are true believer. He looks for a heart full of true faith into which to send his Spirit. For the heart of a man is capable of containing the Kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit and the Kingdom of God are one."
--St. Seraphim of Sarov
"Always let mercy outweigh everything else in you. A hard and unmerciful heart will never be pure."
--St. Isaac of Syria
"Stand patiently and pray steadfastly, brushing off the impacts of worldly cares and all thoughts; for they distract and worry you in order to disturb the motivation of your prayer." --St. Nilus of Mount Sinai
"To yield and give way to our passions is the lowest slavery, even as to rule over them is the only liberty." --St. Justin Martyr
"We must keep in mind that whatever we do, openly or in secret, we do in the presence of our guardian angel." --St. Nikolai of Zicha