The inner joy sage at any time, I think, has ever said: “Be good, and all will go well with you externally”— because it is a stupidity. In a world of disorder, in a world of falsehood, to hope for that is not reasonable. But you can have, if you are sufficiently sincere and whole and entire in your way of being, you can have the inner joy, the full satisfaction, whatever the circumstances, and that nobody and nothing has the power to touch.

Ref: Notes on The Way