All the miseries, vexations, and complaints
(William Law, "A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life")
Pride and envy; and desire for rank, fame,
and power; are contrary to Christianity.
These passions are the causes of all the
distresses and vexations of human life.
They are the maladies and fevers of our minds,
vexing them with false appetites, and restless
cravings after such things as we do not need;
and spoiling our taste for those things which
are our proper good.
Let but any complaining, disturbed man, tell you
the ground of his uneasiness, and you will plainly
see that he is the author of his own torment; that
he is vexing himself at some imaginary evil, which
will cease to torment him as soon as he is content
to be that which God requires him to be.
All the miseries, vexations, and complaints,
are in the world are entirely of our own making.
They are directly caused by those absurd passions
which Christianity teaches us to deny. For all the
things which disturb human life, which make us
uneasy to ourselves, quarrelsome with others, and
unthankful to God; which weary us in vain labors
and foolish anxieties; which carry us from project
to project, from place to place, in a futile pursuit
of we know not what, are the things are solely
infused into us by pride, envy, ambition, and