Vanity of Vanities
For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?
IT IS VANITY…
It is vanity, therefore, to seek and trust in riches that perish.
It is vanity also to court honor and to be puffed up with pride.
It is vanity to follow the lusts of the body and to desire things for which severe punishment later must come.
It is vanity to wish for long life and to care little about a well-spent life.
It is vanity to be concerned with the present only and not to make provision for things to come.
It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides.
BY THOMAS À KEMPIS
TRANSLATED FROM THE LATIN INTOMODERN ENGLISH
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