"All this anger and irritation against one's self fosters pride, and springs entirely from self-love, which is disturbed and fretter by its own imperfections. What we want is a quiet steady, firm displeasure at our own faults." Source: St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life, Random House, Inc., 2002.
"Nevertheless, there is a difference between humility and abjection; for abjection is the poverty, vileness, and littleness which exist in us, without our taking heed to them; but humility implies a real knowledge and voluntary recognition of that abjection.ÿ And the highest point of humility consists in not merely acknowledging one's abjection, but in taking [...]
"I would not affect either folly or wisdom; for just as humility deters me from pretending to be wise, so simplicity and straightforwardness deter me from pretending to be foolish; and just as vanity is opposed to humility, so all affection and pretense are opposed to honesty and simplicity." Source:ÿ St. Francis de Sales, [...]
"The proud man who trusts in himself may well undertake nothing, but the humble man is all the braver that he knows his own helplessness, and his courage waxes in proportion to his low opinion of himself, because all his trust is in God, Who delights to show forth His Power in our weakness, His [...]
"A really humble man would rather that someone else called him worthless and good-for-nothing, than say so of himself; at all events, if such things are said, he does not contradict them, but acquiesces contentedly, for it is his own opinion." Source:ÿ St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life, Random House, Inc., [...]
True humility lies in obedience and the most literal compliance with His Will! Source: ÿSt. Francis de Sales,ÿIntroduction to the Devout Life, Random House, Inc., 2002.
"You have satiated yourself with worldly delights, and so no wonder that spiritual pleasures are repulsive to you. 'To the overfed dove even cherries are bitter,' says the old proverb; and Our Lady in her song of praise says, 'He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath sent empty away.' [...]
"Indeed there are more bad than good results arising from it (sorrow), for the only good ones are mercy and repentance; whereas there are six evil results, namely, anguish, sloth, indignation, jealously, envy, and impatience." Source: St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life, Random House, Inc., 2002.
"When you are conscious that you are growing anxious, commend yourself to God, and resolve steadfastly not to take any steps whatever to obtain the result you desire, until your disturbed state of mind is altogether quieted unless indeed it should be necessary to do something without delay." Source: St. Francis de Sales, Introduction [...]
"If anyone strives to be delivered from his troubles out of love of God, he will strive patiently, gently, humbly, and calmly, looking for deliverance rather to God’s Goodness and Providence than to his own industry or efforts; but if self-love is the prevailing object he will grow hot and eager in seeking relief, as [...]