By: St. Isaac of Syria
The one who is conscious of his sins is greater than the one who profits the world by the sight of his countenance. The one who sighs over his soul for but one hour is greater than the one who raises the dead by his prayers while dwelling among human beings. The one who is deemed worthy to see himself is greater than the one who is deemed worthy to see angels, for the latter has communion through his bodily eyes, but the former through the eyes of his soul.
St. Isaac the Syrian Acetical Homilies 64. (Boston: Holy Transfiguration Monastery, 1984).