Quotes from the Saints
The Four Hundred Chapters on Love:
60. Silence the one who is slandering in your hearing lest you commit a double sin with him: by accustoming yourself to this deadly vice and by not restraining him from foolish talk against his neighbor.
61. "But I say unto you," the Lord says, "love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who persecute you." Why did he command these things? So that he might free you from hate, sadness, anger, and grudges, and might grant you the greatest possession of all, perfect love, which is impossible to possess except by the one who loves all men equally in imitation of God, who loves all men equally and "wills that they be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth."
80. "Learn of me," he says, "because I am meek and humble of heart." Meekness keeps the temper steady, and humility frees the mind from conceit and vainglory.
St. Maximus the Confessor