from St. John Chrysostom's Homilies on Romans


It is only spiritual success and a good conscience that provide tranquility and joy. We will not, as a rule, find these blessings in the great power of kings, nor in abundance of wealth, nor in the pomp of power, nor in strength of body, nor in extravagance of food, nor in the adornment of dress, nor in any other thing produced by man... 

The man who keeps his conscience clean—even if he wears rags for clothes and is constantly wrestling with hunger—is happier and more cheerful than those who live in the lap of luxury. On the other hand, a person who has wicked deeds on his conscience, even if he surrounds himself with all kinds of material possessions, is the most pitiful of all humans.

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