Therese of Lisieux was once asked by her older sister why she, Celine, was not making faster progress on the spiritual path. Therese took Celine's thumb and wrote on it playfully, "Too many desires." Vitality leaks out through every selfish desire. The more we want for ourselves, the less energy we shall have, and therefore the less capacity for love.

Eknath Easwaran, Love Never Faileth