Studying the Dharma is an absolutely vital part of our path. But if we never practise what we've studied, it's as if we have built the most magnificent ship, but then never using it for what it's intended for - to cross the ocean of samsara, to the shores of liberation and enlightenment.
If we can practice bodhicitta, develop patience, and pacify all disharmony in our own home, then we have prepared the way leading to the development of limitless bodhicitta.
If, on the other hand, we cannot maintain patience and harmony in our own home with our own family, then it is very unlikely that we will be able to do this with respect to all sentient beings, who are countless in number.
Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche