I bought this book (An Intellectual Life by A.G.Sertillanges) a few weeks ago. I haven’t started it yet but as I was thumbing through the pages, these quotes jumped out at me.
…you must simplify your life. You have a difficult journey before you–do not burden yourself with too much baggage. Perhaps you are not absolutely free to do this, and so you think there is no use in laying down rules. That is a mistake. Given the same external circumstances, a desire for simplification can do much, and what one cannot do outwardly, one an always remove from one’s soul.
Do not let yourself get entangled in that mesh of occupations which little by little monopolizes time, thought, resources, powers. Conventions must not dictate to you. Be your own guide; obey your convictions, not mere custom, and the convictions of an intellectual must correspond to the goal at which he is aiming. (Pg. 42)
I am linked up with Ordo Amoris for Wednesday With Words.