It may be asked of what social use are those who make this quest their primary occupation, and therefore make their worldly occupation and way of life conform to it? First of all, they embody, and therefore carry on and keep alive, the very idea of the quest. Secondly, their very presence, by telepathic and auric existence, does touch the inner beings of those who come into contact with them and does leaven the mental atmosphere of those who do not--however minute the effect on any particular day. Thirdly, although each has to live and express the quest in the way referable to his temperament and circumstances, he does offer a model--in general terms--for others to see, an example from which to draw stimulation.
-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest > Chapter 1: What the Quest Is > # 185