Good works gathered in a thousand ages,
Such as deeds of generosity,
Or offerings to the blissful ones--
A single flash of hatred shatters them.
No evil is there similar to hatred,
No austerity to be compared with patience.
Steep yourself, therefore, in patience--
In all ways, urgently, with zeal.
Santideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva, p. 78 (translation altered)