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If man insists on keeping so busy with the affairs of ordinary life that he has no time to give for the affairs of the life that transcends it; if he insists, with various excuses, in staying outside the central area of wisdom and peace that lies within, he himself is largely to blame for his darkness and ignorance, his agitation and misery, his vexation and fear.

-- Notebooks Category 3: Relax and Retreat > Chapter 2: Withdraw from Tension and Pressure > # 127

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