A person who does not pray habitually, no matter how believing or pious he may be, will not achieve full spiritual growth. Neither will he acquire peace of soul because he will always experience excessive scruples and never view things beyond their human or worldly significance. Thus, one will always suffer from vanity, selfishness, self-centeredness, ambition, meanness of heart, vileness of judgment, and a sickly willfulness and attachment to one’s opinions. A person who does not pray may acquire human wisdom and prudence, but not true spiritual freedom or that deep and radical purification of the heart. One will not be able to grasp the depths of divine mercy or know how to make it known to others. His judgment will always end up shortsighted, mistaken, and contemptible. One will never be able to tread God’s ways, which are far different from what many—even those who have committed themselves to a life in the spirit—conceive them to be.

― Jacques Philippe, Time For God

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SONG XX.  
Against Idleness and Mischief.

I.  
HOW doth the little busy Bee  
  Improve each shining Hour,  
And gather Honey all the day  
  From every opening Flower!

II.  
How skilfully she builds her Cell!  
  How neat she spreads the Wax!  
And labours hard to store it well  
  With the sweet Food she makes.

III.  
In works of Labour or of Skill,  
  I would be busy too;  
For Satan finds some Mischief still  
  For idle Hands to do.

IV.  
In Books, or Work, or healthful Play,  
  Let my first years be past,  
That I may give for every Day  
  Some good Account at last.

― Isaac Watts
Divine Songs Attempted in Easy Language for the Use of Children (1715)

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If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.

(Qu'on me donne six lignes écrites de la main du plus honnête homme, j'y trouverai de quoi le faire pendre.)

Cardinal Richelieu, French clergyman, noble, and statesman

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