A hermit was once asked: “What should we do when we are praised and complemented?”
And he replied:
"You should be humble and know yourselves well. I will give you an example. When I carve on a piece of wood the face of a saint, and finish it, I think it is good. After a while I look at it again and discover that it has shortcomings. If I use a magnifying glass, I will see that it is not such marvelous craftsmanship after all. The same thing applies with one’s hands. We see that they are clean. But if we examine them again under a microscope, we will see that they have dirt and many germs on them."
- An Athonite Gerontikon