Do not give your heart to that which does not satisfy your heart.
― Abba Poemen
Abba Zeno said, ‘If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks.’
“As he was dying, Abba Benjamin taught his sons this: Do this, and you’ll be saved: Rejoice always, pray constantly, and in all circumstances give thanks.”
Abba Sisoes said: Seek God and not where God lives.
Without great vigilance a man does not advance in even a single virtue — Abba Ammonas