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Saint Teresa of Avila quotes

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.

To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience.

For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.

Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people's, if we are always criticizing trivial actions - which often are not real defects at all, but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives.

We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can - namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us.

Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.

There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.

The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too.

To have courage for whatever comes in life - everything lies in that.

Pain is never permanent.

I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him.

God has been very good to me, for I never dwell upon anything wrong which a person has done, so as to remember it afterwards. If I do remember it, I always see some other virtue in that person.

Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds.

All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.

Don't let your sins turn into bad habits.

More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.

God gave us faculties for our use; each of them will receive its proper reward. Then do not let us try to charm them to sleep, but permit them to do their work until divinely called to something higher.

The tree that is beside the running water is fresher and gives more fruit.

It is here, my daughters, that love is to be found - not hidden away in corners but in the midst of occasions of sin. And believe me, although we may more often fail and commit small lapses, our gain will be incomparably the greater.

I know the power obedience has of making things easy which seem impossible.