“Vanities of vanities, all is vanity, except to love God and to serve him only.
This is the highest wisdom, by contempt of the world to tend toward the kingdom of heaven.
Vanity therefore it is, to see after perishing riches, and to trust in them.
It is also vanity to hunt after honors, and to climb to high degree.
It is vanity to follow the desires of the flesh, and to labor for that which thou must afterward suffer more grievous punishment.
Vanity it is to wish to live long, and to be careless to live well.”
– Thomas A Kempis in The Imitation of Christ (1400 A.D.)