„People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.“

—  Matka Tereza

This is a variant or paraphrase of The Paradoxical Commandments, by Kent M. Keith, student activist, first composed in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders, which had hung on the wall of Mother Teresa's children's home in Calcutta, India, and have sometimes become misattributed to her. The version posted at his site http://www.paradoxicalcommandments.com begins:
Misattributed

„As missionaries, we must be carriers of God’s love.“

—  Matka Tereza

Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best.
No Greater Love
Source: Knoansw, A Simple Path Quotes – The Inspiring Book Of Mother Teresa, September 03, 2020 https://knoansw.com/a-simple-path-quotes-mother-teresa/

„Pray for me please that I keep smiling at Him in spite of everything. For I am only His – so He has every right over me. I am perfectly happy to be nobody even to God.“

—  Matka Tereza

To the good God, nothing is little because He is so great and we so small- that is why He stoops down and takes the trouble to make those little things for us- to give us a chance to prove our love for Him.
Source: Knoansw, A Simple Path Quotes – The Inspiring Book Of Mother Teresa, September 03, 2020 https://knoansw.com/a-simple-path-quotes-mother-teresa/

„Cheerfulness is often a cloak that hides a life of sacrifice and a continual union with God.“

—  Matka Tereza

Souls hold no attraction – Heaven means nothing – to me, it looks like an empty place – the thought of it means nothing to me, and yet this torturing longing for God.
Come Be My Light
Source: Knoansw, A Simple Path Quotes – The Inspiring Book Of Mother Teresa, September 03, 2020 https://knoansw.com/a-simple-path-quotes-mother-teresa/

„As for myself, there is but one desire, to love God as He has never been loved, with a deep personal love.“

—  Matka Tereza

Our poor people are great people, a very lovable people, They don’t need our pity and sympathy. They need our understanding of love and they need our respect.
Come Be My Light
Source: Knoansw, A Simple Path Quotes – The Inspiring Book Of Mother Teresa, September 03, 2020 https://knoansw.com/a-simple-path-quotes-mother-teresa/

„In the silence of the heart, God speaks.“

—  Matka Tereza

If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing.
In The Heart Of The World
Source: Knoansw, In The Heart Of The World – Amazing Book Of Mother Teresa, September 03, 2020 https://knoansw.com/in-the-heart-of-the-world-mother-teresa-quotes/

„Holiness is the acceptance of the will of God.“

—  Matka Tereza

If God does not grant the means, that shows He does not want you to do that particular work. If He wants it done, He will give you the means. Therefore do not worry.
The Joy In Loving
Source: Knoansw, The Joy In Loving: Popular Words Of The Mother Teresa Book, September 03, 2020 https://knoansw.com/the-joy-in-loving-mother-teresa/

„I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.“

—  Matka Tereza

As quoted in Love Until It Hurts: A Tribute to Mother Teresa and the work of the men and women of the Missionaries of Charity (1980) by Daphne Rae
1980s

„I was amazed when I learned that in the West so many young people are on drugs. I tried to understand the reason for this. Why? The answer is, “because in the family there is nobody who cares about them.”“

—  Matka Tereza

When receiving the Nobel peace price in 1979. As quoted from Hitchens, C. (2012). The missionary position: Mother Theresa in theory and practice.
Source: Fathers and mothers are so busy they have no time. Young parents work, and the child lives in the street and goes his own way. We speak of peace. These are the things that threaten peace. I think that today peace is threatened by abortion, too, which is a true war, the direct killing of a child by its own mother. In the Bible we read that God clearly said: “Even though a mother did forget her infant, I will not forget him.”Today, abortion is the worst evil, and the greatest enemy of peace. We who are here today were wanted by our parents. We would not be here if our parents had not wanted us.We want children, and we love them. But what about the other millions? Many are concerned about the children, like those in Africa, who die in great numbers either from hunger or for other reasons. But millions of children die intentionally, by the will of their mothers. Because if a mother can kill her own child, what will prevent us from killing ourselves, or one another? Nothing.

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