Negligence is like a drought that leaves nothing to grow. Vanity harms those who have fruit, those who have advanced, while negligence harms everyone. It hinders those who want to start and stops those who have advanced. It prevents learning to those who ignore and prevents return to those who have gone astray. It does not allow those who have fallen to stand up and is generally a disaster to those who are captured by it.
St. Joseph the Hesychast
Translated by Dr. Nick Stergiou