"…it is important to reaffirm the high calling of ministers to care for Christ’s people in a manner that reflects Christ’s love for them…At a time when pastoral work does not carry high social status; when ministers on the whole are very poorly paid, have low professional self-esteem, and receive less and less job satisfaction; and yet tend to overwork…John Chrysostom reminds us of the truth: the pastoral vocation comes from the call of God…Pastoral work has a God-given dignity and significance that no one and no church dare take away…"
— Andrew Purves, Pastoral Theology in the Classical Tradition
"All through The Elements of Style one finds evidences of the author’s deep sympathy for the reader. Will felt that the reader was in serious trouble most of the time, a man floundering in a swamp, and that it was the duty of anyone attempting to write English to drain this swamp quickly and get his man up on dry ground, or at least throw him a rope. In revising the text, I have tried to hold steadily in mind this belief of his, this concern for the bewildered reader."
— William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, The Elements of Style
"I think each village was meant to feel pity for its own sick and poor whom it can help and I doubt if it is the duty of any private person to fix his mind on ills which he cannot help. This may even become an escape from the works of charity we really can do to those we know. God may call any one of us to respond to some far away problem or support those who have been so called. But we are finite and he will not call us everywhere or to support every worthy cause. And real needs are not far from us."
— C.S. Lewis
"There will always be a resistance to measuring results as long as the people who are in power to serve poor people have perverse incentives to maintain people in poverty. To me, corrupt leadership is when you don’t have to suffer the consequences of your own decisions."
— Robert Woodson