From Eknath Easwaran:

""We are not holier or higher for the outward works that we do. Truly God that is the beholder of the heart rewards the will more than the deed. The deeds truly hang on the will, not the will on the deeds."

Richard Rolle
It is because we don’t have any real challenge in life that we do not grow to our real height. We need a challenge that is worthy of our capacities, and making money, if I may say so, is not much of a challenge.
Neither is becoming famous or achieving power; and as for pleasure, challenge is conspicuous by its absence.
But becoming rich in personal relationships, learning to return love for hatred, being always aware of the unity of life, these things are the most difficult achievements on the face of the earth
Only when we see a person who has accomplished such feats do we begin to glimpse the heights a human being can attain.
This is our real stature, and no matter what our problems or liabilities, every one of us can attain these heights through regular, enthusiastic spiritual practice."…

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""Place your mind before the mirror of eternity;
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""Where are you searching for me, friend?
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""For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."

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""A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or a bear's, cover the soul.
Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there."

Meister Eckhart
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