There is no special superiority in either of the two conditions of life--the monastic or the householding. Whoever praises the monk's state as being the highest open to human beings, errs. Whoever praises the householder's as being the best, also errs. What can rightly be said is that for certain persons at certain times and under certain circumstances, one or the other state is better. For the same persons at different times and in different circumstances either may be worse. So it is the setting up of universality, the claiming that one alone is the most spiritual or the most satisfactory ideal, which is wrong.
-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest > Chapter 3: Independent Path > # 222