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S et the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in
purity. Till I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to
preaching, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given
you by prophetic utterance when the council of elders laid their hands
upon you. Practice these duties, devote yourself to them, so that all may
see your progress. Take heed to yourself and to your teaching; hold to
that, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Christianity Quote n°4363 | 
1 Timothy 4.12-16 

T hough he recites many a scriptural text, but does not act accordingly,
that heedless man is like a cowherd who counts others' cattle. He has no
share in the fruits of the religious life.

Though he can recite few scriptural texts, but acts in accordance with the
teaching, forsaking lust, hatred, and ignorance, with right awareness and
mind well emancipated, not clinging to anything here or in the next life,
he shares the fruits of the religious life.

Buddhism Quote n°4355 | 

T he scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat; so practice and observe
whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not

Christianity Quote n°4352 | 
Matthew 23.2-3 

I do not worry about the things that you do not know, but I am cautious in appraising how you apply what you do know.

Islam Quote n°2917 | 
Hadith, Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.88 

O nce Ibrahim Adhem saw a stone on which was written, "Turn me over and read. 'On the other side he read, "You do not practice what you know. Why, then, do you seek what you know not?"

Islam / Sufism Quote n°2903 | 
Essential Sufism, by James Fadiman & Robert Frager, Harper SanFrancisco, p.82 

I repeat, it is necessary that your foundation consist of more than prayer and contemplation. If you do not strive for the virtues and practice them, you will always be dwarfs. So be occupied in prayer not for the sake of enjoyment but so as to have the strength to serve. Mary and Martha must combine.

Christianity / Catholicism Quote n°2844 | 
Saint Teresa of Avila, from The Interior Castle, translated by Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez (Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press, 1979). 

I n dark night live those for whom
The world without alone is real; in night
Darker still, for whom the world within
Alone is real. The first leads to a life
Of action, the second to a life of meditation.
But those who combine action with meditation
Cross the sea of death through action
And enter into immortality
Through the practice of meditation.
So have we heard from the wise.

Hinduism Quote n°2635 | 
Isha Upanishad, translated by Eknath Easwaran, 1987; Nilgiri Press, Tomales, California 

T he Teacher said, "Knowledge is the beginning of action and action is the completion of knowledge. Learning to be a sage involves only one effort. Knowledge and action should not be separated."

Confucianism / Neo Confucianism Quote n°2435 | 
Wang Wen-ch'eng Kung ch'uan-shu, or Complete Works of Wang Yang-ming, Instruction for a Practical Living, 1: 22b, in Wing-Tsit Chan, Chinese Philosophy, Chapter 35 

B ut people today distinguish between knowledge and action and pursue them separately, believing that one must know before he can act. They will discuss and learn the business of knowledge first, they say, and wait till they truly know before they put their knowledge into practice. Consequently, to the last day of life, they will never act and also will never know. This doctrine of knowledge first and action later is not a minor disease and it did not come about only yesterday. My present advocacy of the unity of knowledge and action is precisely the medicine for that disease.

Confucianism / Neo Confucianism Quote n°2432 | 
Wang Wen-ch'eng Kung ch'uan-shu, or Complete Works of Wang Yang-ming, Instruction for a Practical Living, 1:5b-8a, in Wing-Tsit Chan, Chinese Philosophy, Chapter 35 
The relation between knowledge and action has been a perennial subject among Confucianists. Both Confucius (Analects, 5:9, 13:4, 14:4, 15:5, 18:8.) and the Doctrine of the Mean (ch. 8) insist that words and action should- correspond.

I have said that knowledge is the direction for action and action the effort of knowledge, and that knowledge is the beginning of action and action the completion of knowledge.

Confucianism / Neo Confucianism Quote n°2431 | 
Wang Wen-ch'eng Kung ch'uan-shu, or Complete Works of Wang Yang-ming, Instruction for a Practical Living, 1:5b-8a, in Wing-Tsit Chan, Chinese Philosophy, Chapter 35 

T he great benefit of learning is to enable one to transform his physical nature himself. Otherwise he will have the defect of studying in order to impress others, in the end will attain no enlightenment, and cannot see the all-embracing depth of the sage.

Confucianism / Neo Confucianism Quote n°2393 | 
Chang Tsai, Cheng-meng, ch. 17, sppy, 12:3a, in Wing-Tsit Chan, Chinese Philosophy, Chapter 30 

O ur nature comes from Heaven, but learning lies with man. Our nature develops from within, while learning enters into us from without. “It is due to our nature that enlightenment results from sincerity”, (1) but due to learning that sincerity results from intelligence.

Confucianism / Neo Confucianism Quote n°2345 | 
Shao Yung, Supreme Principle Governing the World (Huang-Chi Ching Shu), 8B:25a-26a, in Wing-Tsit Chan, Chinese Philosophy, Chapter 29 
(1) - The Mean, ch. 21.

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