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Work must continue to the end


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[1 of 6] Attar, Farid ud-Din (c. 1145-1220, Persia): primary subject "Work, must go on to life's end" (search under Inner Life/Practices)": detail "‘Conference of the Birds’ III.38 (The First Valley)"
On the way of self-perfection a man must not loiter for an instant. If he should stop for a moment working on himself he will slip back.

[2 of 6] Blake, William (1757-1827, England): primary subject "Work, must go on to life's end" (search under Inner Life/Practices)": detail "from text to ‘The Lacoön’"
Without unceasing practice nothing can be done. Practice is art. If you leave off you are lost.

[3 of 6] Hall, Manly (1901-1990, Canada): primary subject "Work, must go on to life's end" (search under Inner Life/Practices)": source "Secret Teachings of all Ages": detail "Chapter XIII ‘Symbolic Aphorims of Pythagoras’"
[Pythagoras] Having departed from your house, turn not back, for the furies will be your attendants. Any who begin the search for truth and, after having learned part of the mystery, become discouraged and attempt to return again to their former ways, will suffer exceedingly.

[4 of 6] Maneri, Sharafuddin (1263-1381, India): primary subject "Work, must go on to life's end" (search under Inner Life/Practices)"
There is no room for complacency, since there is always a higher state than the one the pilgrim happens to be in. He must always press on!

[5 of 6] Meister Eckhart (1260-1328, Germany): primary subject "Work, must go on to life's end" (search under Inner Life/Practices)": detail "From ‘In Collationibus’ [Pfeiffer’s Tractate 17] no. 8"
No work is ever so properly begun or so well done, no man is ever so free and so certain in his actions, that he can afford to let his mind relax or go to sleep; but he ought with his twin powers, intellect and will, to be forever hoisting himself up and seizing, at the summit, his very best therein and guarding himself against evils of all kinds, subjective and objective, thus he never misses anything but is always making first-rate progress.

[6 of 6] St. John of the Cross (1542-1591, Spain): primary subject "Work, must go on to life's end" (search under Inner Life/Practices)": detail "‘Ascent of Mount Carmel’ bk.1 ch.XI"
For it is well known that, on this road, not to go forward is to turn back, and not to be gaining is to be losing.