Meister Eckhart — German Philosopher born on December 30, 1260,

Eckhart von Hochheim O.P., commonly known as Meister Eckhart, was a German theologian, philosopher and mystic, born near Gotha, in the Landgraviate of Thuringia in the Holy Roman Empire... (wikipedia)

We are celebrating the feast of the Eternal Birth which God the Father has borne and never ceases to bear in all eternity... But if it takes not place in me, what avails it? Everything lies in this, that it should take place in me.
What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.
A human being has so many skins inside, covering the depths of the heart. We know so many things, but we don't know ourselves! Why, thirty or forty skins or hides, as thick and hard as an ox's or bear's, cover the soul. Go into your own ground and learn to know yourself there.
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.