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People keep repeating that the main things are love and compassion. Certainly  love and compassion are the main things, but it takes knowledge to make love and compassion fruitful. ... It takes just a second to say 'love'. But to acquire knowledge for the well-being and blessing of humanity requires an eternity. 

From `Spiritualism, Madame Blavatsky, and Theosophy: an eyewitness view of occult history, lectures by, Rudolf Steiner', Selected and Introduces by Christopher Bamford, p. 104