"That he (Brother Lawrence) had always been governed by love, without selfish views; and that having resolved to make the love of God the end of all this actions, he had found reasons to be well satisfied with his method. That he was pleased when he could take up a straw from the ground for [...]
"His [Brother Lawrence] one method of going to God and abiding in His Presence was to do all for the love of Him. It was a matter of no consequence to him, whether he was employed on one thing or the other, provided that therein he sought God’s glory." Source: Brother Lawrence, The Practice [...]
"If you love God heartily, my child, you will often speak of Him among your relations, household, and familiar friends, and that because 'the mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.'" Source: St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life, Random House, Inc., 2002.
"Man is faced by two laws: the love of God and the love of self. These two loves are forever at war. One of the two must be obeyed. A choice must be made of one or the other. Neutrality is impossible. An habitually virtuous life does not end the combat. We are a balance. [...]
"It is very certain that the love of God supplies for everything, suffices for everything. But when it does not purify from sin, it is not true, or not yet very strong. The first effect of love is to purify. For this reason, we must go on examining sin, its fatal consequences, to awaken horror [...]
"Now self-love is a restless, anxious, overeager love, and so the work done on its behalf is troubled, vexatious, and unsatisfactory; whereas the Love of God is calm, peaceful, and tranquil, and so the work done for its sake, even in worldly things, is gentle, trustful, and quiet." Source: St. Francis de Sales, Introduction [...]
"Beware that you be not deceived by self-love, for sometimes it counterfeits the Love of God so cleverly that you may mistake one for the other. To avoid this, and to prevent a due care for your temporal interests from degenerating into avarice, it is needful often to practice a real poverty amid the riches [...]