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All Quotes by author - Saint Teresa of Avila
" A beginner must look on himself as one setting out to make a garden for his Lord's pleasure, on most unfruitful soil which abounds in weeds. His Majesty roots up the weeds and will put in good plants instead. Let us reckon that this is already done when the soul decides to practice prayer and has begun to do so. "
" Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul. "
" All blessings come to us through our Lord. He will teach us, for in beholding His life we find that He is the best example. "
" All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted. "
" Anyone who truly loves God travels securely. "
" A soul which gives itself to prayer, either much or little, should on no account be kept within narrow bounds. "
" Be gentle to all and stern with yourself. "
" Discontent with this world gives such a painful longing to quit it that, if the heart finds comfort, it is solely from the thought that God wishes it to remain here in banishment. "
" Don't let your sins turn into bad habits. "
" Do you think it is only a little thing to possess a house from which lovely things can be seen? "
" For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" How friendly all men would be one with another, if no regard were paid to honour and money! I believe it would be a remedy for everything. "
" I am more afraid of those who are terrified of the devil than I am of the devil himself. "
" I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him. "
" I don't know what heavy penance I would not have gladly undertaken rather than practice prayer. "
" If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend. "
" If God should desire to raise us to the position of one who is an intimate and shares his secrets, we ought to accept this gladly. "
" If I should say anything that is not in conformity with what is held by the Holy Roman Catholic Church, it will be through ignorance and not through malice. This may be taken as certain, and also that, through God's goodness, I am, and shall always be, as I always have been, subject to her. "
" If I were to give advice, I would say to parents that they ought to be very careful whom they allow to mix with their children when young; for much mischief thence ensues, and our natural inclinations are unto evil rather than unto good. "
" I had a father and mother, who were devout and feared God. Our Lord also helped me with His grace. All this would have been enough to make me good, if I had not been so wicked. "
" I had many friends to help me to fall; but as to rising again, I was so much left to myself, that I wonder now I was not always on the ground. I praise God for His mercy; for it was He only Who stretched out His hand to me. May He be blessed for ever! Amen. "
" I have often thought with wonder of the great goodness of God; and my soul has rejoiced in the contemplation of His great magnificence and mercy. May He be blessed for ever! For I see clearly that He has not omitted to reward me, even in this life, for every one of my good desires. "
" I know the power obedience has of making things easy which seem impossible. "
" In a state of grace, the soul is like a well of limpid water, from which flow only streams of clearest crystal. Its works are pleasing both to God and man, rising from the River of Life, beside which it is rooted like a tree. "
" I thought of the soul as resembling a castle, formed of a single diamond or a very transparent crystal, and containing many rooms, just as in Heaven there are many mansions. "
" It is a most certain truth, that the richer we see ourselves to be, confessing at the same time our poverty, the greater will be our progress, and the more real our humility. "
" 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. "
" It is no small misfortune and disgrace that, through our own fault, we neither understand our nature nor our origin. "
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