[Abba Isaiah] said to him, ‘If you want to follow our Lord Jesus… you ought to cut off those who bring you down from the cross. You have to prepare yourself to tolerate being set at naught; to repose the hearts of those who do you wrong; to humble yourself before those who would have dominion over you; to maintain silence of the mouth; and to refrain from judging anybody in your heart.’

(THE BOOK OF THE ELDERS, 1.8)

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