quote by Abraham Isaac Kook

The pure righteous do not complain of the dark, but increase the light; they do not complain of evil, but increase justice; they do not complain of heresy, but increase faith; they do not complain of ignorance, but increase wisdom.

— Abraham Isaac Kook

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Most men worry about their own bellies and other people's souls, when we all ought to be worried about our own souls and other people's bellies.

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