St. Teresa of Avila

Quotes from Teresa of Avila

“Untilled soil, however fertile it may be, will bear thistles and thorns; and so it is with man’s mind.”

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

“Be gentle to all, and stern with yourself.”

“How is it, Lord, that we are cowards in everything save in opposing Thee?”

“Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life.... If you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing.”

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

“Let nothing disturb thee, nothing affright thee; all things are passing; God never changeth.”

“Time is but a shadow, a dream; already God sees us in glory and takes joy in our eternal beatitude. How this thought helps my soul! I understand then why He lets us suffer....”

“If this is the way you treat your friends, it’s no wonder you have so few!”

“It is true that we cannot be free from sin, but at least let our sins not be always the same.”