Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Evagrios on Self-Esteem

“In the whole range of evil thoughts, none is richer in resources than self-esteem; for it is to be found almost everywhere, and like some cunning traitor in a city it opens the gates to all the demons. So it greatly debases the intellect of the solitary, filling it with many words and notions, and polluting the prayers through which he is tying to heal all the wounds of his soul.”

Evagrios the Solitary, Texts on Discrimination in respect of Passions and Thoughts, ¶ 13, quoted in The Philokalia, Volume One (Faber and Faber Ltd. 1979)

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