To those who are responsible in their consciences, the only thing that could justify withdrawing into their inner selves to escape today’s confusing, hectic whirl would be that their fruitfulness is enriched by it. It is a question of gaining within, through unity with the eternal powers, that strength of character which is ready to be tested in the stream of the world, the strength that alone can cope with the demands of this age. Not flight but gathering for attack is the watchword.

Source:The Inner Life