There is no merit without zeal, just as there is no movement without wind. What is zeal? It is enthusiasm for virtue. What is said to be its antithesis? It is spiritual sloth, clinging to the reprehensible, apathy, and self-contempt.

Santideva in A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life by Shantideva , Vesna A. Wallace, B. Alan Wallace

 

To Practice This Thought:
Talk about the virtues you can be most enthusiastic about.

 

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