Jesus said, “Whoever finds the world and becomes rich, let him renounce the world.”
Jesus said, “The heavens and the earth will be rolled up in your presence. And one who lives from the Living One will not see death.” Does not Jesus say, “Whoever finds himself is superior to the world?”
Jesus said, “Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul; woe to the soul that depends on the flesh.”
His disciples said to Him, “When will the Kingdom come?”
<Jesus said,> “It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying ‘Here it is’ or ‘There it is.’ Rather, the Kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it.”
The Gospel of Thomas
Thus it is that a great state, by condescending to small states, gains them for itself; and that small states, by abasing themselves to a great state, win it over to them. In the one case the abasement leads to gaining adherents, in the other case to procuring favour.
The great state only wishes to unite men together and nourish them; a small state only wishes to be received by, and to serve, the other.
Each gets what it desires, but the great state must learn to abase itself.
Tao Te Ching
Be silent that the Lord who gave thee language may speak,
For as He fashioned a door and lock, He has also made a key.