Amma Syncletica said, "There are many who live in the mountains and behave as if they were in the town, and they are wasting their time. It is possible to be a solitary in one's mind while living in a crowd, and it is possible for one who is a solitary to live in the crowd of his own thoughts."
~ Taken from "The Sayings of the Desert Fathers"
(H/T to the New Clairvaux Abbey blog where I found this quote. Please check out their beautiful web site and blog at http://www.newclairvaux.org/blog.html.)