"I myself spent over fourteen years without ever being able to meditate except while reading." Source: Saint Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection, Dover Thrift Editions, 2012.
"Arm yourself like a man against the devil’s assaults. Curb your appetite and you will more easily curb every inclination of the flesh. Never be completely unoccupied, but read or write or pray or meditate or so something for the common good." Source: Thomas a’ Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Dover Thrift Editions, 1940. [...]
"True devotion to our Lady is holy, that is, it leads us to avoid sin and to imitate the virtues of Mary. Her ten principal virtues are: deep humility, lively faith, blind obedience, unceasing prayer, constant self-denial, surpassing purity, ardent love, heroic patience, angelic kindness, and heavenly wisdom." Source: St. Louis de Montfort, True [...]
"It is true, that in every place God graciously hears the petitions of those who pray to Him, having promised to do so: 'Ask, and you shall receive;' yet the disciple tells us that Jesus dispenses His graces in greater abundance to those who visit Him in the Most Holy Sacrament." Source: St. Alphonsus [...]
"'Not by bread alone does man live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God,' said our Lord. Bread and the word! The host and prayer. Without these you won't live a supernatural life." Source: St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way