An old man said: "Human care and worry and anxiety about the things of the body destroy the faculties of knowledge and expression in a man, and leave him like unto a piece of dry wood."
- Sayings of the Desert Fathers
Reference: The paradise or garden of the holy fathers: the counsels of the holy men and the questions & answers of the ascetic brethern generally known as the sayings of the fathers of egypt, Volume 2 by Saint Athanasius (Patriarch of Alexandria). Chatto & Windus, London, 1907. 12.