Saint Isaac the Syrian
Nobody can hate those who are humble; nor can they berate or despise them. Christ loves them and they’re beloved by all. They love everyone and everyone wants to be with them. The wise and the instructors are all silent before the humble, to whom everyone pays attention. They speak simply. Their words are sweeter than ‘honey and beeswax’. Everyone considers them gods, be they ever so unlearned and despicable in form. Those who despise the humble blaspheme against God himself. The wild beasts are tamed by them because they scent the aroma of Adam.