"Seek a proper time to retire into thyself, and often think over the benefits of God.
Let alone curious questions; read such matters as may rather move thee to compunction than give thee occupation.
If thou wilt withdraw thyself from superfluous talk and idle visits, as also from giving ear to news and reports, thou wilt find time sufficient and proper to employ thyself in good meditations.
The greatest of saints avoided the company of men as much as they could, and rather chose to live to God in secret.
As often as I have been amongst men, said one, I have returned less a man; this we often experience when we talk long.
It is easier to be altogether silent than not to speak a word too much.
It is easier to keep retired at home than to be able to be sufficiently upon our guard abroad.
Whosoever, therefore, strives to attain to inward and spiritual things, must, with Jesus, go aside from the crowd.
No man safely goes abroad but he who willingly lies hid at home.
No man speaks safely but he who loves to hold his peace.
No man safely commands but he who has learned well to obey.
No man safely rejoices unless he have within him the testimony of a good conscience."
Thomas A. Kempis - Photo by Anna Pagnacco