The Following of Christ
My son, do not take it hard when some think evil of you and say what you do not like to hear.
You ought to think even less of yourself than they do, and you should not believe anyone worse than yourself.
If you lead an inner life, you will attach little importance to passing words.
It is no small prudence to keep silence in an evil time and to direct your thoughts to Jesus rather than to be troubled by the opinions of men.
Do not let your peace depend on what people say. For whether they judge you bad or good, you are just like you are. What they say makes you neither better or worse.
True peace and joy is to be found in loving Jesus alone.
The one that does not desire to please men and has no worries about displeasing them enjoys great peace.
All useless fear, all disquiet of heart and distraction of the senses, comes from loving the wrong things.
Geert Groote, 1340-1384, Brothers and Sisters of the Common Life, Deventer, Netherlands