Do not think to found holiness upon doing; holiness must be founded upon being. Works do not make us holy. It is we who must make works holy. For no matter how holy works may be, they do not make us holy because we do them, but in so far as we within ourselves are as we should be, we make holy all that we do, whether it be eating, or sleeping, or working, or what it may.
— Meister Eckhart, quoted in
The Soul Afire: Revelations of the Mystics
edited by H. A. Reinhold