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179. The Types of Life

1. We often call the "life" of a person thatupon which he is most intent and in which he finds the greatestdelight. Of one man, we say that his life is art; of another,study; of another, travel, and so on. Now, some men are especiallybent upon the contemplation of truth; others are givenwholeheartedly to external activity. Thus, a person's life maybe described as contemplative or as active.

2. Just as the intellect is speculative orcontemplative in knowing truth about things, and practicalor active in its grasp of what one is to do, so lifeitself is suitably classified as the contemplative life and theactive life.

"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
St Philip Neri

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"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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