WHEREFORE THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN
Certain of my friends have desired and besought me, that I should show and make plain in a few words and according to my best
cunning, shortly and clearly, how I understand and feel the truth of all the highest teachings that I have written before;
so that none should take offense at my words, but everyone should profit by them. And this I willingly consent to do. I will,
with God’s help, teach the humble who love virtue and truth; and, with the same words, I shall
inwardly vex and darken the false and the proud: for to these my words will be displeasing and contrary, and this the
proud cannot endure, but it provokes them to anger.