If you want to get on within the Jewish life, surely within the spiritual Jewish life, you don't have any charmed gateways.
You are given some kind of a path, and you have to work your way up, day after day, without any promise of any kind of harps that sing to you.
And if you hear them singing, perhaps something is wrong with you.
–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
From an interview with Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz in 2004