Do It Anyway

26 August 1910 – 05 September 1997

For 87 years, the world had one of the greatest people to ever live: Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun widely known for her tender words and humanitarian works. She won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 as well as Pope John XXIII Peace Prize (1971), Nehru Prize for her promotion of international peace and understanding (1972), Balzan Prize (1979) and the Templeton and Magsaysay awards.

Many people consider her a saint. Below are my favorite words of wisdom from Mother Teresa. They were supposedly found on the walls of her home in Calcutta, where she spent most of her life living with the underprivileged. Take note that they seem to be a revised version of Kent Keith’s commandments, making the ending more spiritual. You can find both versions here.


People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.


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