santa100 wrote:Master Shantideva, an 8th-century Indian Buddhist Master was known for this quote:
"Where would I find enough leather to cover the entire surface of the earth? But with leather soles beneath my feet, it’s as if the whole world had been covered"
This is the first thing that came to mind for me upon reading the original post too.
However, given this is the "Classical Theravada" section, it's worth providing a caveat for readers that Shantideva is not representative of the Classical Mahaihara Buddhist tradition.
"Having understood name-and-form, which is a product of prolificity,
And which is the root of all malady within and without,
He is released from bondage to the root of all maladies,
That Such-like-one is truly known as 'the one who has understood'." (Snp 3.6)
"Whether I were to preach in brief, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach in detail, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach both in brief or in detail, Sāriputta, rare are those who understand." (A I 333, Sāriputtasutta)